Industry Sectors will, for the first time, form part of the annual Tertiary Education Fair and Conference. The Human Resource Development Sector Committees which fall under the Human Resource and Development Council (formerly Tertiary Education Council), will provide guidance to school leavers at the Fair and Conference on career choices.
The Human Resource and Development Council (HRDC), which has been tasked with correcting the mismatch between human resource skills available in Botswana and those skills that industry requires by implementing the national Human Resource Development Strategy, is set to host the 2015 Tertiary Education Fair and Conference during the week of 23 to 28 March, 2015.
This year’s Conference will be held under the theme: Promoting Human Resources Development and Employability through TVET while the theme of the Fair is Gateway to realising your potential and shaping your future.
The objectives of the Fair and Conference are, among others: to market the tertiary education sector by giving the public and private institutions, the platform to showcase their offerings; to give school leavers the opportunity to learn about career paths before choosing institutions and programmes and also to give employers an opportunity to dialogue on issues of curriculum relevance, quality, sponsorships and collaborations.
The composition of the Human resource development sector committees ensures that the sector is comprehensively represented with employers, Government, labour unions, advisory, steering, support, and regulatory agencies, education and skills training and development specialists and institutions, professional associations and civil society as well as individuals possessing qualifications, experience from different constituencies such as business.
The sector committees which have been established include Health; Tourism; Mining, Water and Energy; Creative industries; Finance and Business and Information and Communications Technologies.
The acting Chief executive of HRDC, Dr Patrick Molutsi, told WeekendPost that the sector committees are already making their impact felt in the human resource development process.
Dr Molutsi said that “The Mining sector committee has introduced a new artisan programme at Francistown Technical College and the Tourism sector committee has already implemented a new artisan programme at Gaborone Technical College and they have also produced a training plan.”
“With the help of consultants, we have done a sector situational analysis to know what is happening in the markets, using research about political, economic, environmental, social and technical aspects, to determine how things will be over time,” said Dr Molutsi.
In due course, other sector committees will be established such as: Education and Training; Public Sector; Transport; Manufacturing and Research, innovation Science and Technology.
While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.
Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.
Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.
Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.
Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”
“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.
He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.
He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.
According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.
There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.
Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.
“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication. The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.