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Harnessing ICT could change shape of the workforce – BTC

Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) sector has been hailed as an important instrument in enhancing human resources and creating industries of the future.

This was said by Botswana Telecommunications Corporation BTC Managing Director Anthony Masunga at the just ended Commonwealth Human Resources and Information, Communications and Technology ICT Conference in Gaborone. Held under the theme ‘the changing shape of the workforce’, the conference brought together human resource and ICT experts of the Commonwealth to deliberate and share insights on how technology can be used to enhance human resource by exploring opportunities in technological advancements as they create industries of the next generation.

When speaking at the Conference, Masunga indicated that the meeting comes at the most opportune time, saying the closer they look at digital advancements the more they get to realize that beneath the veneer of the binary code are the advancements of humanity. ‘’Let’s us capitalize on this gathering to ensure that we explore and harness the power of technology for the advancements and management of our Human Resources. As we advance in the digital era, let’s remember that we serve humanity’’ he said.

True to the theme ‘’the changing shape of the workforce’’, Botswana has identified her people as her greatest asset, Masunga further indicated. The National Human Resource Development Strategy Office, through the establishment of Human Resource Development Council HRDC, Masunga stressed has a bold and ambitious agenda to enable people to harness ICT and become globally competitive assets.

‘’the search for a knowledge-based economy is embedded and intertwined with betterment for an efficient and effective human resource; extending possibilities for the advancement of our cause as a people. Partnerships too can be forced that will help come up with solutions that work and influence a positive paradigm shift in the workforce’’.

Masunga called for experts to harness ICT saying they should reinforce their efforts and help change the entire mind-set of the 21st century employee, adding that HR scholars and experts have found new dimensions and paradigms to define their craft and empower the workforce. ‘’ICT has changed  everything. It has reduced time and space and enhanced convenience on all aspects of life and industries.

We must harness digital leadership to improve the workforce and their lives. We must remember that at the very core of the complex innovative solutions that we build, there is humanity. Let’s explore and find ways of ensuring that ICT enhances HR and unlocks opportunities for modern challenges in the work place. The ever-changing workforce as this year themes attests needs our collective expertise and knowledge for forge a new era of solutions’’.

For his part, Head of Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority BOCRA Martin Mokgware said, Botswana as a country has a vision to leverage on ICT as enablers of the rest of the economy. ‘’We dream of a fully digitalised economy where ICT will mitigate the vast distances across our Kalahari Desert and Okavango Delta to enable people to benefit from the global market. However, we are conscious that for the dream to come true our people ought to possess the necessary ICT literacy, skills and knowledge. This is for the reason that we welcome every opportunity that can help us towards realizing our vision’’

When addressing the media last year, Botswana Innovation Hub Director of Marketing and Partnerships Tshepo Tsheko underlined that Botswana has the potential to increase global competitiveness of local industries. According to him, Botswana has missed out on opportunities to promote local industries to the international markets due to lack of innovation and failure to adapt to the digital revolution.

He challenged the beef and mining industry to leverage technologies to enhance traceability of products from the first until the last stage for them to be globally competitive. ‘’Botswana has failed to use ICT skills of graduates in the industry, and failed to capacitate them on the job, thus lowering the confidence of the international market on locally developed ICT products and services. Foreign investors willing to set up businesses in Botswana often question the availability of experienced technical personnel in the ICT industry.’’

In an effort to provide a platform for global ICT talents to compete and communicate, promote high-quality ICT talent development and drive the growth of a robust and sustainable ICT talent ecosystem, mobile phones company Huawei launched ICT Competition Southern Africa 2019-2020 in Botswana with five universities including University of Botswana, Botho University, Botswana Accountancy College, Botswana International University of Science and Technology as well as Botswana Open University.

The Huawei Competition will be carried out through four stages: the preliminary, national, regional and global final from November to May this year. Up to now, more than 800 students have signed up for this competition in the country. Botswana in the first stage of Huawei ICT Competition has produced fine social influence. The ICT Competition is crucial for developing ICT professionals, promoting ICT technologies, strengthening cooperation between the Huawei ICT Academy and Universities, and stimulating economic development relying on industry.

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Woman swindled out of P62 000 by fake CID officers

17th June 2021

Botswana Police Service (BPS) has indicated concern about the ongoing trend where the general public falls victim to criminals purporting to be police officers.

According to BPS Assistant Commissioner, Dipheko Motube, the criminals target individuals at shopping malls and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where upon approaching the unsuspecting individual the criminals would pretend to have picked a substantial amount of money and they would make a proposal to the victims that the money is counted and shared in an isolated place.

“On the way, as they stop at the isolated place, they would start to count and sharing of the money, a criminal syndicate claiming to be Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer investigating a case of stolen money will approach them,” said Motube in a statement.

The Commissioner indicated that the fake police officers would instruct the victims to hand over all the cash they have in their possession, including bank cards and Personal Identification Number (PIN), the perpetrators would then proceed to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.

Motube also revealed that they are also investigating a case in which a 69 year old Motswana woman from Molepolole- who is a victim of the scam- lost over P62 000 last week Friday to the said perpetrators.

“The Criminal syndicate introduced themselves as CID officers investigating a case of robbery where a man accompanying the woman was the suspect.’’

They subsequently went to the woman’s place and took cash amounting to over P12 000 and further swindled amount of P50 000 from the woman’s bank account under the pretext of the further investigations.

In addition, Motube said they are currently investigating the matter and therefore warned the public to be vigilant of such characters and further reminds the public that no police officer would ask for bank cards and PINs during the investigations.

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BCP walks out of UDC meeting

15th June 2021
Boko and Saleshando

Botswana Congress Party (BCP) leadership walked out of Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this week on account of being targeted by other cooperating partners.

UDC meet for the first time since 2020 after previous futile attempts, but the meeting turned into a circus after other members of the executive pushed for BCP to explain its role in media statements that disparate either UDC and/or contracting parties.

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Katlholo wins against DPP

15th June 2021
DCEC DIRECTOR: Tymon Katlholo

The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo’s spirited fight against the contentious transfers of his management team has forced the Office of the President to rescind the controversial decision. However, some insiders suggest that the reversal of the transfers may have left some interested parties with bruised egos and nursing red wounds.

The transfers were seen by observers as a badly calculated move to emasculate the DCEC which is seen as defiant against certain objectionable objectives by certain law enforcement agencies – who are proven decisionists with very little regard for the law and principle.

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