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UB finally bans partisan politics


The University of Botswana Council has resolved to finally ban partisan politics within its corridors for good. According to the university spokesperson, Mhitshane Reetsang, the council arrived at that decision after realising that the previous Student Representative Councils (SRC) shifted from advocating for students as a core mandate to pushing the agendas of certain political parties.


Reetsang highlighted that as an international institution of repute, UB strives to attract students across all the continents and divisive mechanisms such as partisan politics would automatically suppress their ambitions.

“As a university, we felt that there was a disturbing external political inference on the running of the SRC hence the decision to abolish partisan politics amongst our students, but outside our borders, students have the right to be involved in any political activity as per the freedom of association enshrined in the constitution,’ explained Reetsang.


She further expounded that the UB aspires for a united and strong SRC that would help grow the institution and not one that would always be at loggerheads with the management as has been the case.


The university mouthpiece also warned that political leaders who wished to address the students would have to follow the right channels. She also cautioned students to adhere to the council resolution.


The outgoing SRC president, Jacob Kelebeng said he was disappointed by the council decision. According to him, UB is a nucleus of national politics as it has produced notable politicians like Dumelang Saleshando, Duma Boko, Botsalo Ntuane, Prince Maele, Kagiso Thutwe, Haskins Nkaigwa and Sadique Kebonang to mention but a few.


Kelebeng said he believes the council chairman at times imposed his unilateral and unpopular decisions on fellow council members as he previously ordered that the student bar be closed. He explained that the council mistakes voluntary student movements to structures of certain political parties.


Renowned political analyst, Lawrence Ookeditse castigated the decision of the council saying it was so unfortunate and uncalled for.

“I do not know how it contributes to the development of leadership in the country. It is a selfish move intended to shield UB management from scrutiny more than anything. This is a university and not some high school for goodness sake. We are not doing ourselves justice by banning politics everywhere yet they play a critical role in our country. It is sad that politics are always demonized and blacklisted, as it is in military barracks and civil service,” remarked Ookeditse.


UB SRC elections are scheduled to take place before the end of this month. As the university does not fund students for campaigns, certain students’ movements have pledged allegiance to national political parties for financial and logistics support.

GS 26 receives financial support from ruling BDP, MASS (Movement Against Student Suppression) from BNF, BSMD (Basco Student Movement for Democracy) from BMD and UBCD (University of Botswana Congress for Democracy) from BCP.

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According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

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South Korean Embassy aids students living with disabilities

6th February 2023

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When talking at the handing over ceremony, Chull-Joo Park, said they agreed with BRCS to give out e-learning equipment to better the training skills of students living with disabilities.

“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.

It was revealed that the South Korean Embassy approached BRCS with the intent to donate equipment and educational material that includes an embroidery machine, photo copier machine, tablets and interactive boards to be utilized by the trainees.

The industrial printer is a machine that works with embroidery machine to print designs for clothing and it will enable the learners to have more material available to them to facilitate learning.

Through this embroidery machine, students will be exposed to better technologies which ultimately improve the quality of materials they produce. It will also allow students to learn business skills and run profitable ventures.

Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.

Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.

For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.

“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”

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