The home of exceptional students and eminent academics, Boitekanelo College says it has market ready SHE officers that can be utilised by organizations in the core of the COVID-19 devastation.
Boitekanelo College has over the years positioned itself as a leading contributor to regional knowledge on health education and generating high level thinkers within the health sector.
In an exclusive interview with WeekendPost, Boitekanelo College Founding Provost Dr Tiroyaone Mampane said as an institution, they have been training graduates on occupational health and safety, as an important mechanism required to help fight the deadly Coronavirus in workplaces.
“COVID-19 is now teaching the rest of the world the prominence of occupational health and safety. We are now learning and realising the importance of fully understanding how organisations are structured, designed and the most imperative thing right now is all organizations are expected to adhere to certain hygiene practices and occupational health practices that can be brought into line with fighting this contagion,” Dr Mampane said.
‘’At Boitekanelo College, we have been training a lot of occupational health and safety students who are now graduates and market-ready, we do have more or less that are currently employed and some are not. This will obviously bring in an opportunity for our graduates to be able to be fully utilized by businesses or firms that are required to have SHE officers at their premises.’’
Dr Mampane stressed that as much as the infection is unscrupulous, it will bring good practices that could have been done previously, saying he faiths it will go even afar. He indicated that for developing countries such as Botswana, the only way to exhaust COVID-19 is through prevention, saying setting up qualified SHE officers can leg-up in that regard.
‘’There are no enough resources for emerging countries, so occupational health and safety if graduates can be fully utilized by organizations, they will drive proper assessments, temperature checks, proper run-through of all hygienic practices of isolations and all necessary things required from a medicine point of view that promotes a safe preparation
‘’It is very important that we must not compromise, the country needs skilled manpower and people that are properly trained such as our graduates. We are already ahead of the curve in terms of containing the virus, it will be important that as our government continues to lift restrictions, businesses and organizations also help by getting the right people with the right skills to do the right job at the right time. Our graduates will help government in that regard,’’ Mampane said.
Boitekanelo College offers a real world training experience that prepares students for a future in the health sector across the region. The College has over time developed strong links with the industry and work closely with some of the leading referral hospitals in Botswana.
The vision which informed the formation of Boitekanelo College is what has steered it towards its current status as a progressive institution, impacting lives through the graduates who have been developed in their respective fields of study at the institution, year after year since 2007. The college offers Certificate, Diploma and Degree programmes accredited and approved by BQA and HRDC respectively.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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