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Limkokwing & BDF collaborate on students training

Commandant, Defence Command & Staff College Brigadier Papadi Monnatlhare

Limkokwing University continues to create the most unique environment that fulfils the creative needs of young people and the nation at large.

An environment that is professionally equipped for the 21st century learning where government, industry and academia collaborate to focus and empower the next generation of creative thinkers through creativity and innovation.

The revolutionary concept of “INDUSITY”- a word coined from joining industry and university, or industry within the university- are its hallmark. Through collaboration the University is able to work with the industry in unparalled ways in products or service innovation. The ability to respond professionally has attracted industry to collaborate on special projects to obtain fresh new angles to marketing issues.

This collaboration with industry has also been extended to government with the intention to build national competitiveness and the country’s global reputation through innovative design and effective branding

In an effort to continue setting its self apart of other instutions by raising the bar, Limkokwing University and the Botswana Defence Force hosted a certificate handover ceremony to 10 LUCT Final year students in Broadcasting and Journalism who attended the Combined Joint African Exercise (CJAX) 2019 also known as Ex-Uhuru with BDF.

The Guest of Honour at this auspicious occasion; Commandant, Defence Command and Staff College Brigadier Papadi Monnatlhare underscored the importance of Ex-Uhuru as it promotes regional operation through exchange of students and members of the directing staff by regional staff colleges during the Peace Support Operations (PSO) based exercise.

He stated, ‘These staff colleges our own Defence Command and Staff College, South African National War College, Zambia Defence Services & Staff College, Zimbabwe Staff College and Angola and Malawi having recently come on board as observers’.

He further reiterated that PSO are multinational, multi-dimensional and complex thus involving multiple players such as the police, civilian, prisons components, non-governmental organisations(NGO) and of course the media. He said that the media in its watchdog role occupies a sacrosanct place in Peace Support Operations.

He said the media is the first to raise alarm about the imminence of conflict and often attendant to human rights abuses. He thanked the university for the Support and for sending students to this exercise.

Also speaking at the same occasion Limkokwing Vice Chancellor, Dr. Gape Kaboyakgosi commended the Botswana Defence Forces its continued support and for adding value to the students learning by engaging them in real life activities and training. He also thanked the students for their discipline and diligence during the exercise.

“We learnt a lot in the coverage of peace and we are grateful for the opportunity afforded by the university to make us learn outside the classroom environment,” said Gosego Nkwe a Final Year Broadcasting and Journalism student at the university on behalf of the group.

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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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