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Kamoso Africa Donates P300,000.00 In Kind To Healthcare Workers

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Kamoso Africa, a top player in the local fast-moving consumer goods industry, has made donations worth hundreds of thousands to Botswana’s Health & Wellness Ministry, as part of efforts to support the frontline workers involved in the Covid-19 response.

The group made up of various companies that spans manufacturing, supplies and retail, donated products valued at P300,000 to the country’s healthcare workers to ease their burden during these challenging times.

The food packs include the company’s locally manufactured goods as well as some brands that are distributed by Kamoso Africa. Individual food packs are being delivered this week to over 30 locations across the whole of Botswana.

The donation is on the back of a clarion call by the Botswana Government for companies to come on board to mitigate the Covid-19 impact and to assist in any ways possible. The FMCG group added that with the World Health Assembly designating 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, the timing could not have come at a better time, proving how invaluable nurses are as they serve on the frontline to assist people in need.

“Kamoso Africa is truly inspired by the selfless healthcare workers around the world, especially those in Botswana, who are on the frontline working tirelessly to care for the people in need,” said Ian Dewar, the Group’s Chief Executive Officer, when handing over the donation to the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the Botswana Nurses Union.

“In response to the Government of Botswana’s press release issued on 26 March 2020 calling for contributions towards the efforts to respond to the economic and social impact of COVID-19 and as a small token of Kamoso Africa’s appreciation for our nurses, we are delighted to donate food packs to frontline nurses who have been identified as targeted beneficiaries by the Government of Botswana,” he added.

Mr. Dewar further expressed deep gratitude to the Botswana Nurses Union for providing information on the issues faced by nurses and for facilitating the donation. The donation was a collaborative effort led by Michaela Powell-Rees and Luke Woodford, who coordinated and led the project management, while Auto Express provided warehousing, packaging facilities and delivery of the food packs in the Gaborone region.

“The voluntary contribution and support of these parties has enabled us to successfully execute the donation. Our hearts go out to anyone who has been impacted by the virus, either directly or indirectly. Our thoughts are especially with those who are sick, to whom we extend our heartfelt wishes for a full recovery,” Mr. Ian said.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Government of Botswana for their dedication, commitment and effort in assisting the nation fight this global pandemic which is affecting all our families, our businesses, our communities, and our way of life.”

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BOCRA Hosts Virtual Workshop on Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

3rd June 2021

On 26 – 29 May 2021, BOCRA, in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and United Nations University, hosted a virtual workshop on Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

Bringing together Statistics Botswana, Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) and the Department of Waste Management and Pollution Control, the objective of the workshop was to equip Botswana with tools to record incoming electrical and electronic goods to better estimate the quantities of electronic waste that will be produced when these products reach their end-of-life cycle and become e-waste. Botswana, currently, does not have a legislation to address to the issue of e-waste.

Further notes

E-waste is a health and environmental hazard as products containing toxic additives or hazardous substances are mostly dumped or incinerated rather than being collected for treatment and re-use of recoverable substances. This is especially so among most of the developing countries.

E-waste includes discarded household or business items that have electrical and electronic circuitry components with a power or battery supply such as mobile phones, computers, printers, televisions irons, refrigerators, kettles etc.

The Global E-Waste Monitor 2020 report estimates that 53.6 million metric (Mt) tonnes was generated in 2019, making e-waste the fastest growing domestic waste stream. The report also indicates that only 17.4 percent of the 2019 e-waste was collected and recycled.

The ITU estimates that e-waste quantities have been rising rapidly in the past 5 years due to several factor such as rapid growth of the digital society, higher consumer demand for digital devices, short life cycles and few options for repair.

According to the ITU, e-waste is a challenge and an opportunity. The ITU calls on member states to develop legislations and strong partnerships with industry and businesses to protect human health and the environment from the consequences of inadequate handling of our discarded devices.

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Modipane brickmaker gets boost from PPC Botswana

20th May 2021
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Modipane based brickmaking company Katlego Bricks received a brand new stock brick machine and mentorship from leading cement producer PPC Botswana this past Wednesday.

“Community development is important because it provides the foundation a society builds off of to improve the lives of its citizens. It creates strong, diverse communities that can attract and keep talent, start and grow businesses, and overcome issues that arise. Katlego Bricks has been a loyal PPC Cement consumer in the Mmodipane area.

What is more impressive is that this brick yard is led and managed by a lady who understands the craft of brick making so much,” said PPC Botswana Head of Business Unit Tuelo Bolthole.

The arrival of the new brick-making machine is expected to increase productivity at the Modipane based Katlego Bricks which has been using 25 cement bags in a day and will be expected to use at least 40 bags in a day due to the new machine.

During the brick-making machine handover, Katlego Bricks and Modipane residents were also equipped with highly advanced brickmaking skills by PPC Botswana experts. Through this highly advanced mentorship, the trainees are also expected to start producing high-quality and competitive bricks.

“We have brought highly skilled experts that will be drilling you with the latest skills of molding bricks, these are experts that have worked on some of the best projects in Botswana. Remember PPC Botswana cement has also been used to build some of the iconic structures we have in Botswana such as the iTowers, Dikgatlhong dam, and the Obed Itani Chilume Stadium in Francistown. I am giving these examples to show that PPC Botswana does quality work and after this workshop, all the brickmakers involved will be producing high-quality work too,” Botlhole said.

Katlego bricks founder Patricia Katlego Mokgwa was in a jovial mood after receiving the brickmaking machine. She believes that the mentorship and machine will improve the business operations and will improve productivity in her business.

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BOCRA donates COVID19 essentials to Primary schools in Kweneng District

26th April 2021

Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) through its Corporate Social Investment initiative has donated over Five Thousand Eight Hundred (5800) washable, reversible 3-ply face masks and related COVID-19 essentials to Motswakhumo Junior Secondary School in Lentsweletau, Kopong Junior Secondary School and Letsholo Primary schools in Kopong, in the Kweneng district. The respective schools received two (2) face masks for each pupil, teacher and the rest of the staff; 25 litres of sanitiser and dispensers, all at an estimated cost of One Hundred and Eighty Nine Thousand Pula (P189,000).

Ms Tsaone Ruth Thebe, BOCRA Board Chairperson, officiated at each of the handover sessions held at the respective schools. Representing the Mmopane/Lentsweletau Constituency Office was Mr Masego Thantshane, Administration officer. Mr Puso Gaotlhobogwe, District Commissioner (Molaodi) also graced the three occasions.

BOCRA recognises its role as a corporate citizen and believes that the COVID19 pandemic calls for responsive and relevant inputs to the immediate needs of the community.

In receiving the PPEs, school authorities expressed gratitude to BOCRA, noting the dire need for PPEs in their schools. They all echoed that the gesture would go a long way in filing the gaps.

-ENDS  –

For more information, please contact:

Mr Aaron Nyelesi

Director, Broadcasting and Corporate Communications

nyelesi@bocra.org.bw

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