Boitekanelo College will this year make history by becoming the first College in Botswana, and fourth in the region to offer training in Clinical Technology, a usually rare course in the region. The course, viewed as a life changing opportunity is offered by only three universities in South Africa so far.
The institution, set on growing for the benefit of this country’s health sector held a workshop to consult and engage its stakeholders about the program this week. The workshop was also aimed at raising awareness and campaigning for the course.
At the moment the country has only three Batswana Clinical Technologists who have been absorbed by the private sector. This calls for a need to fill the industry which at the moment is scarce. A lot of benchmarking has been done in South Africa and the course has since been tailored to suit the local market.
Student attachment will be given in South Africa to give maximum exposure. According to founder and President Dr. Mampane the institution has put aside monies amounting to P10 million to fund the programme. He says the programme will provide employment and advancement opportunities and they hope the country will become the hub of health education in Africa, thus contributing to economic diversification and cost effectiveness.
The meeting was attended by Prof K Adam from Health Profession of South Africa (HPCSA) who presented an overview and history of Clinical Technology profession, Dr Vermaark from Central University of Technology (CUT) who presented on the role of Clinical Technologists in the delivery of health care as well as Dr Mkubwa from Princess Marina Hospital who talked about the experience of working with Clinical Technologists in Botswana.
A qualified Clinical Technologist is someone employed in a government- or private practice selecting one of the seven specialization areas: Cardiology, pulmonology, critical care, nephrology, reproductive biology, perfusion, and neurophysiology.
The outgoing President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ian Kirby, shares his thoughts with us as he leaves the Bench at the end of this year.
WeekendPost: Why did you move between the Attorney General and the Bench?
Ian Kirby: I was a member of the Attorney General’s Chambers three times- first in 1969 as Assistant State Counsel, then in 1990 as Deputy Attorney General (Civil), and finally in 2004 as Attorney General. I was invited in 2000 by the late Chief Justice Julian Nganunu to join the Bench. I was persuaded by former President Festus Mogae to be his Attorney General in 2004 as, he said, it was my duty to do so to serve the nation. I returned to the Judiciary as soon as I could – in May 2006, when there was a vacancy on the High Court Bench.
Botswana’s civil society is one of the non-state actors that could save the country’s democracy from sliding into regression, a Germany based think tank has revealed. This is according to a discussion paper by researchers at the German Development Institute who analysed the effects of e-government usage on political attitudes In Botswana.
In the paper titled “E-government and democracy in Botswana: Observational and experimental evidence on the effects of e-government usage on political attitudes,” the researchers offer a strongly worded commentary on Botswana’s ‘flawed democracy.’ The authors noted that with Botswana’s Parliament structurally – and in practice – feeble, the potential for checks and balances on executive power rests with the judiciary.
Bangwato in Serowe — where Bamagwato Paramount Chief and former President Lt. Gen Ian Khama originates – disagree on whether they must send a delegation to dialogue with President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s family in Moshupa. Just last week, a meeting was called by the Regent of Bamagwato, Kgosi Sediegeng Kgamane, at Serowe Kgotla to, among others, update the tribe on the whereabouts of their Kgosi (Khama).
Further, his state of health was also discussed, with Kgamane telling the attendees that all is well with Khama. The main reason for the meeting was to deliberate on the escalating tension between Khama and Masisi — a three-year bloodletting going unabated.