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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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Fighting vulture poisoning in KAZA region.

3rd February 2023
As a response to avert vulture poisoning currently going on in Botswana and KAZA region, Birdlife Botswana has collaborated with three other partners (BirdWatch Zambia, BirdLife International & Birdlife Zimbabwe) to tackle wildlife poisoning which by extension negatively affect vulture populations.

The Director of Birdlife Botswana, Motshereganyi Virat Kootshositse has revealed in an interview that the project which is funded by European Union’s main goal is to reduce poisoning related vultures’ death and consequently other wildlife species death within the KAZA region.

He highlighted that Chobe district in Botswana has been selected as a pilot site as it has experienced rampant incidents of vulture poisoning for the past few months. In August this year at least 50 endangered white backed vultures were reported dead at Chobe National Park, Botswana after feeding on a buffalo carcass laced with poison.  In November this year again 43 white backed vultures were found dead and two alive after feeding on a zebra suspected to have poisoned.  Other selected pilots’ sites are Kafue in Zambia and Hwange in Zimbabwe.

Kootshositse further explained they have established a national and regional Wildlife Poisoning Committee. He added that as for the national committee they have engaged various departments such as Crop Productions, Agro Chemicals, Department of Veterinary Services, Department of Wildlife and National Parks and other NGOs such as Raptors Botswana to come together and find a long-lasting solution to address wildlife poisoning in Botswana. ‘Let’s have a strategy or a plan together to tackle wildlife poisoning,’ he stated

He also decried that there is gap in the availability of data about vulture poisoning or wildlife in general. ‘If we have a central point for data, it will help in terms of reporting and advocacy’, he stated

He added that the regional committee comprises of law enforcement officers such as BDF and Botswana police, village leadership such as Village Development Committee and Kgosi. ‘We need to join hand together and protect the wildlife we have as this will increase our profile for conservation and this alone enhances our visitation and boost our local economy,’ he noted

Kootshositse noted that Birdlife together with DWNP also addressed series of meeting in some villages in the Chobe region recently. The purpose of kgotla meetings was to raise awareness on the conservation and protection of vultures in Chobe West communities.

‘After realizing that vulture poisoning in the Chobe areas become frequent, we realise that we need to do something about it.  ‘We did a public awareness by addressing several kgotla meetings in some villages in the Chobe west,’ he stated

He noted that next year they are going to have another round of consultations around the Chobe areas and the approach is to engage the community into planning process. ‘Residents should be part of the plan of actions and we are working with farmers committee in the areas to address vulture poisoning in the area, ‘he added

He added that they have found out that some common reasons for poisoning wildlife are farmers targeting predators such as lions in retaliation to killing of their livestock. Another common incident cross border poaching in the Chobe area as poachers will kills an elephant and poison its carcass targeting vultures because of their aerial circling alerting authorities about poaching activities.

Kootshositse noted that in the last cases it was disheartening the incidents occurred three months apart. He added that for the first time they found that some of the body parts of some vultures were missing. He added harvesting of body parts of vultures is not a common practice in Botswana, although it is used in some parts of Africa. ‘We suspect that someone took advantage of the availability of carcasses and started harvesting their body parts,’

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Giant in the making: Everton Mlalazi

3rd February 2023

The music industry is at a point where artists are jostling for space because there are so many aspirants trying to get their big break, thus creating stiff competition.

In the music business it’s about talent and positioning. You need to be at the right place at the right time with the right people around you to propel you forward.
Against all odds, Everton Mlalazi has managed to takeover the gospel scene effortlessly.
To him, it’s more than just a breakthrough to stardom, but a passion as well as mission directly appointed by the Lord.

Within a short space of 2 years after having decided to persue a solo career, Mlalazi has already made it into international music scene, with his music receiving considerable play on several gospel television and radio stations in Botswana including other regional stations like Trace Africa, One Gospel, Metro FM in South Africa, Hope FM in Kenya and literally all broadcast stations in Zimbabwe.

It doesn’t only stop there, as the musician has already been nominated 2 times and 2 awards which are Bulawayo Arts Awards (BAA) best Male artists 2022, StarFM listerners Choice Award, Best Newcomer 2021 and ZIMA Best Contemporary Gospel 2022, MLA awards Best Male artist & Best Gospel Artist 2022.

Everton’s inspiration stems from his ultimate passion and desire to lead people into Godly ways and it seems it’s only getting started.
The man is a gospel artist to put on your radar.

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African countries call on WHO to increase funding

2nd February 2023

Minister of Health Dr Edwin Dikoloti says Africa member states call on World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure equitable resource allocation for 2024-2025. Dr Dikoloti was speaking this week at the WHO Executive Board Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

He said countries agreed that there is need to address the budget and funding imbalances by increasing the programme budget share of countries and regions to 75% for the next year.

“The proposed budget for 2024-2025 marks an important milestone as it is the first in Programme Budget in which country offices will be allocated more than half of the total budget for the biennium. We highly welcome this approach which will enable the organization to deliver on its mandate while fulfilling the expectations for transparency, efficiency and accountability.”

The Botswana Health Minister commended member states on the extension of the General Programme of Work (GPD 13) and the Secretariat work to monitor the progress towards the triple billion targets, and the health-related SDGs.

“We welcome the Director’s general proposed five priorities which have crystalized into the “five Ps” that are aligned with the GPW 13 extension. Impact can only be achieved through close coordination with, and support to national health authorities. As such, the strengthening of country offices is instrumental, with particular focus on strengthening national health systems and on promoting more equitable access to health services.”

According to Dr Dikoloti, the majority of countries with UHC index that is below the global median are in the WHO Africa region. “For that, we call on the WHO to enhance capacity at the regional and national levels in order to accelerate progress. Currently, the regional office needs both technical and financial support in order to effectively address and support country needs.”

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