Hotel, tourism and hospitality group Cresta Marakanelo Limited has donated over 2000 masks to Matlapana Primary School in Maun and Chobe Community Junior Secondary School in Kasane to help in the fight against COVID-19 in less privileged communities.
The growing numbers of COVID- 19 cases amongst schools, students and teachers has led Cresta to act swiftly in providing the much-needed resources to help protect the learning environment. Chobe Community Junior Secondary School and Matlapana Primary School are the first beneficiaries of the initiative which is expected to be rolled out nationwide.
“This is not just a fight for our economic revival and our lives. This is a fight for our future. Children are our best chance for hope. Our assurance for a tomorrow rests with them and their survival. The donation of these masks is our way of helping communities in the country during this difficult period. Schools are faced with the challenge of providing enough essential items such as sanitizers, washbasins and more for their students.”
‘‘Cresta is committed to playing its part in making sure that the virus does not penetrate any further in the learning environment. We are in this fight together and it is important that we protect students and teachers; augment Government’s efforts in fighting this pandemic,” notes Cresta Marakanelo Limited Managing Director Mokwena Morulane.
This donation is made possible through the collaboration between the hotel chain and Contemporary Linen. Both schools expressed gratitude towards the donation they received, stating that it was already a challenge to provide every student with a face mask and other required resources that are used to protect one from the COVID- 19 pandemic.
“We are grateful for Cresta’s support to help us create a safe environment in our schools and offices. These critical supplies, combined with basic safety precautions, such as regular hand-washing and social distancing, will help protect our teachers, students, and their families,” stated a combined statement from Chobe Community Junior Secondary School and Matlapana Primary School.
In the coming weeks Cresta will be focusing on academic institutions in Francistown and Gaborone. Cresta was one of the first hotels to provide its facilities in Gaborone and Francistown to the Government for quarantine purposes during the critical stages of the Republic’s battle with the pandemic in March this year.
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The Botswana Public Officers Fund (BPOPF) is now mandated by law to have pension fund administration and investment management conducted by independent licensed entities.
This means that these functions must be fully outsourced. This became necessary due to the enacting by Parliament of the Retirement Funds Act in 2014 (RFA Act) and the promulgation of subsidiary legislation governing the RFA Act by the Non-Bank Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority (NBIFIRA).
Therefore, the outsourcing project name coded Gata Le Rona journey comes to completion as the BPOPF hands over fund administration outsourcing services to NMG Administrators Botswana. NMG Administrators Botswana will be collecting contributions on behalf of the BPOPF, maintain all Member records, payment of claims, permit any excess cash to the BPOPF for investment and manage pensioner payroll. The BPOPF remains committed to building brighter futures together.
Following a significant 19-month long transition journey, the Botswana Public Officers Pension Fund (BPOPF), officially handed over fund administration services to NMG Administrators Botswana, as the outsourcing project comes to fruition. The project, which began in October 2019, commenced following amendments to the Retirement Funds Act (Section 15 (i).
Effective 2 June 2021, NMG Administrators Botswana will collect contributions on behalf of the BPOPF, maintain all Member records, payment of claims, permit any excess cash to the BPOPF for investment and manage pensioner payroll.
Noted CEO of the BPOPF, Mr. Moemedi Malindah, “This is a large-scale project and one we are proud to say was managed with the utmost diligence, with our Members at heart in all that we did and indeed continue to do. The BPOPF continues to engage all key stakeholders to ensure this transition is a smooth one.
Members can be rest assured that their pensions and benefits are not affected as NMG Administrators Botswana takes over the day-to-day fund administration tasks. This is a bright new chapter and we are more than ready and confident in the future.”
NMG Administrators Botswana is a joint venture between Lecha Administration (a company owned 100% by the BPOPF) and NMG South Africa. Lecha Administration owns 51% shares and NMG South Africa owns 49% shares in NMG Administrators Botswana.
“Re a leboga, Batswana, for your patience and support; especially our valued Members. We remain committed to investing in your golden years and building a brighter future together,” concluded Malindah.