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IDM offers career development opportunities through short courses

Career development is a necessity for every professional. Each year we set ourselves performance targets, and for us to achieve those targets we are required to have the right attributes and competencies. The Institute of Development Management (IDM) offers several short courses for people to grow in their professional careers.

IDM further offers robust training opportunities to organizations willing to invest in their people in order to optimise output. These courses cut across various disciplines, and are held in a period ranging from one week to six weeks. IDM Senior Consultant and Coordinator for Centre for Continuing Professional Development (CCPD), Elisabeth Nkala says each year, the Institute experiences a lot of requests from hundreds of individuals who want to fulfil their personal development objectives and uplift their career effectiveness.

“Since the beginning of the year, we are receiving requests from individuals, organisations and government ministries for training. We realise that people are eager and determined to acquire new skills or sharpen their competencies to make a meaningful contribution to productivity levels in their areas of work,” she said.

According to Ms Nkala, the courses can either be generic or tailor-made to suit the needs of a customer. Sharing some of the courses, Ms Nkala said the programmes are not exhaustive, saying they also capture contemporary human resource development needs at senior management, middle management and operational levels in both public and private sector enterprises:

•FINANCE FOR NON FINANCE MANAGERS: At the end of the training, learners are able to demonstrate an understanding of the finance function; apply basic costing methods and techniques in their activities; prepare budget and execute budgetary control; read and analyse financial statements; appraise investment projects; apply basic costing methods and techniques in their activities; prepare budget and execute budgetary control among others.

•CORPORATE STRATEGY:  For participants to be able to develop a critical understanding and appreciation of strategic planning as a fundamental tool to guide and direct the vision, mission, objectives and values of the organisation. They have to monitor the organisation’s external environment and internal capabilities closely enough to know when to institute strategic changes.

•SUPERVISORY SKILLS AND MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT: To help supervisors acquire appropriate managerial and supervisory skills to effectively perform leadership and people-management functions.

•LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT:  Designed for senior managers and executives to help them acquire appropriate knowledge, attitudes, skills and practices to effectively execute leadership and people-management functions.

•PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS WRITING: To equip leaders with message positioning skills to effectively contribute to the growth and success of their organisations.

•MANAGING CONSULTANCY SERVICES: To equip participants with the knowledge, techniques and skills to manage consultancy interventions and the consulting process in their organisations, including what the consultancy process entails.

•ART OF PUBLIC SPEAKING: This course is designed to equip participants with the appropriate skills and techniques for delivering successful oral presentations, given that senior managers get invited to make public presentations at various occasions.

•CHANGE MANAGEMENT:  Change can happen from within an organisation or from outside. How much change can an organization endure, whether it is positive or negative? How do people in an organisation creatively deal and cope with change in order to yield desired outcomes. The course equips the participant with skills on how to win the hearts and minds of each individual affected by change within an organization in order to reduce their resistance and ensure that envisaged changes are implemented and sustained successfully.

•OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT: The purpose of this course is to equip employers and employees with the necessary skills to identify hazards, assess the significance of hazards, and implement prescribed control strategies. Organisations ought to operate in line with the relevant national laws and international conventions.

She further mentioned some of the courses that include and not limited to Transport Management, Management Training for Personal Assistants, Public Relations, Training of Trainers, Records & Information Management, Entrepreneurship Development, and Purchasing and Materials Management.

“IDM is a dynamic institution which listens and responds to the needs of its customers. With over four decades of our establishment, we pride in the legacy we have built in Botswana and beyond. Our mandate is to train, and we continue doing this to support our economic development. We are also excited by the vision of the leadership of our country in taking Botswana to a knowledge based economy, which we believe as a training institution, gives us the opportunity to take active part in its achievement,” she concluded.

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Botswana economic recovery depends on successful vaccine rollout – BoB

5th May 2021

Bank of Botswana (BoB) has indicated that the rebounding of domestic economy will depended on successful vaccine roll-out which could help business activity to return to its post pandemic days.

Projections by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) suggest a rebound in economic growth for Botswana in 2021.

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Inside the UB-BDF fighter Jet tragedy report

5th May 2021

Despite being hailed and still regarded as a hero who saved many lives through his decision to crash the BF5 fighter Jet around the national stadium on the eve of the 2018 BDF day, the deceased Pilot, Major Clifford Manyuni’s actions were treated as a letdown within the army, especially by his master-Commander of the Air Arm, Major General Innocent Phatshwane.

Manyuni’s master says he was utterly disappointed with his Pilot’s failure to perform “simple basics.”

Manyuni was regarded as a hero through social media for his ‘colourful exploits’, but Phatshwane who recently retired as the Air Arm Commander, revealed to WeekendPost in an exclusive interview that while he appreciated Batswana’s outpouring of emotions and love towards his departed Pilot, he strongly felt let down by the Pilot “because there was nothing wrong with that Fighter Jet and Manyuni did not report any problem either.”

The deceased Pilot, Manyuni was known within the army to be an upwardly mobile aviator and in particular an air power proponent.

“I was hurt and very disappointed because nobody knows why he decided to crash a well-functioning aircraft,” stated Phatshwane – a veteran pilot with over 40 years of experience under the Air Arm unit.

Phatshwane went on to express shock at Manyuni’s flagrant disregard for the rules of the game, “they were in a formation if you recall well and the guiding principle in that set-up is that if you have any problem, you immediately report to the formation team leader and signal a break-away from the formation.

Manyuni disregarded all these basic rules, not even to report to anybody-team members or even the barracks,” revealed Phatshwane when engaged on the much-publicised 2018 incident that took the life of a Rakops-born Pilot of BDF Class 27 of 2003/2004.

Phatshwane quickly dismisses the suggestion that perhaps the Fighter Jet could have been faulty, “the reasons why I am saying I was disappointed is that the aircraft was also in good condition and well-functioning. It was in our best interest to know what could have caused the accident and we launched a wholesale post-accident investigation which revealed that everything in the structure was working perfectly well,” he stated.

Phatshwane continued: “we thoroughly assessed the condition of the engine of the aircraft as well as the safety measures-especially the ejection seat which is the Pilot’s best safety companion under any life-threatening situation. All were perfectly functional.”

In aircrafts, an ejection seat or ejector seat is a system designed to rescue the pilot or other crew of an aircraft in an emergency. The seat is propelled out of the aircraft by an explosive charge or rocket motor, carrying the pilot with it.”

Manyuni knew about all these safety measures and had checked their functionality prior to using the Aircraft as is routine practice, according to Phatshwane. Could Manyuni have been going through emotional distress of some sort? Phatshwane says while he may never really know about that, what he can say is that there are laid out procedures in aviation guiding instances of emotional instability which Manyuni also knew about.

“We don’t allow or condone emotionally or physically unfit Pilots to take charge of an aircraft. If a Pilot feels unfit, he reports and requests to be excused. We will subsequently shift the task to another Pilot. We do this because we know the risks of leaving an unfit pilot to fly an aircraft,” says Phatshwane.

Despite having happened a day before the BDF day, Phatshwane says the BDF day mishap did not really affect the BDF day preparations, although it emotionally distracted Manyuni’s flying formation squad a bit, having seen him break away from the formation to the stone-hearted ground. The team soldiered on and immediately reported back to base for advice and way forward, according to Phatshwane.

Sharing the details of the ordeal and his Pilots’ experiences, Phatshwane said: “they (pilots) were in distress, who wouldn’t? They were especially hurt by the deceased‘s lack of communication. I immediately called a chaplain to attend to their emotional needs.

He came and offered them counselling. But soldiers don’t cry, they immediately accepted that a warrior has been called, wiped off their tears and instantly reported back for duty. I am sure you saw them performing miracles the following day at the BDF day as arranged.”

Despite the matter having attracted wide publicity, the BDF kept the crash details a distance away from the public, a move that Phatshwane felt was not in the best interest of the army and public.

“The incident attracted overwhelming public attention. Not only that, there were some misconceptions attached to the incident and I thought it was upon the BDF to come out and address those for the benefit of the public and army’s reputation,” he said.

One disturbing narrative linked to the incident was that Manyuni heroically wrestled the ‘faulty’ aircraft away from the endangered public to die alone, a narrative which Phatshwane disputes as just people’s imaginations. “Like I said the Aircraft was functioning perfectly,” he responded.

A close family member has hinted that the traumatised Manyuni family, at the time of their son’s tragedy, strongly accused the BDF ‘of killing their son’. Phatshwane admits to this development, emphasising that “Manyuni’s mother was visibly and understandably in inconsolable pain when she uttered those words”.

Phatshwane was the one who had to travel to Rakops through the Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS) aircraft to deliver the sad news to the family but says he found the family already in the know, through social media. At the time of his death, Manyuni was survived by both parents, two brothers, a sister, fiancée and one child. He was buried in Rakops in an emotionally-charged burial. Like his remains, the BDF fighter jets have been permanently rested.

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Uphill battle in Khama’s quest to charge Hubona

5th May 2021

A matter in which former President Lt Gen Ian Khama had brought before Broadhurst Police Station in Gaborone, requesting the State to charge Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) lead investigator, Jako Hubona and others with perjury has been committed to Headquarters because it involves “elders.” 

Broadhurst Police Station Commander, Obusitswe Lokae, told this publication this week that the case in its nature is high profile so the matter has been allocated to his Officer Commanding No.3 District who then reported to the Divisional Commander who then sort to commit it to Police Headquarters.

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