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Bolele appointed BIUST chairman

Cabinet has approved the appointment of a new chairman of the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST). Bernard Bolele is the new chairman of the University and Acting chairman, Boyce Sebetela will make way for him.

Bolele’s appointment follows the removal of former permanent secretary, Serwalo Tumelo and the ultimate resignation of BIUST Vice Chancellor, Distinguished Professor Hillary Iyang. Tumelo’s differences with the Ministry of Education and Skills Development hierarchy led to an acrimonious relationship that was untenable. Iyang’s resignation was premised on his claims that some staff members were meddling on governance issues. Government has accepted his resignation and an Acting Vice Chancellor and Acting Vice Chancellor have been appointed.

The Chairman of BIUST is a man of colourful track record when it comes to boardroom issues – Bolele a former Member of Parliament for Mahalapye West and currently a practicing Attorney has served in many boards of parastatals and private companies. He has also been a director of several companies.

Bolele has served in the Bank of Botswana board from 2004 to 2008 as a member. He has also been a member of the Botswana Railways board for over 9 years. He was the founding chairman of BR Properties, a company that set up the Railpark mall in Gaborone. His contact with the private sector and various industries also positions him well for the BIUST portfolio. Bolele has been chairman of Gabcon, has served in Caltex Botswana board and has also been one of the directors of Alan Gray.

Bolele’s experience and his calm persona are expected to help stabilise BIUST whose governing structure was faced with personal battles among some board members. He is expected to use his experience and legal background to help BIUST take shape quickly.

The new chairman’s principal role will be to manage and to provide leadership to the Board of Directors of the University. As Chairman, Bolele is accountable to the Board and acts as a direct liaison between the Board and the management of the BIUST, through the Vice Chancellor.

Bolele will have to deal with the concept of separation of the role of the Chairman from that of the Vice Chancellor at BIUST as it implies that the Chairman should be independent from management and free from any interest and any business or other relationship which could interfere with the Chairman’s independent judgment other than interests. This appeared to be the cancer that was eating through BIUST under the former leadership of Tumelo and Iyang.

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6th February 2023

After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.

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 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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South Korean Embassy aids students living with disabilities

6th February 2023

South Korean Ambassador in South Africa has donated e-learning equipment through Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) to Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre in Tlokweng recently, in a bid to fine tune the student’s textile skills.  

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.”

BRCS offers rehabilitation services spread across three (3) areas in Botswana being Sefhare Stimulation center in Sefhare, Tshimologo stimulation center in Francistown and Tlamelong rehabilitation center in Tlokweng.

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DIS alleges plot to kill Masisi hatched in South Africa

6th February 2023

A dispute is brewing between Botswana and South Africa intelligence agencies over alleged mercenary training camps discovered in South Africa by the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS). 

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