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Damaging, impairing and stealing telecommunications equipment attracts lengthy prison sentences

With the rising incidents of copper cables in the countrywide, persons accused of impairing, damaging and stealing telecommunications equipment could face long prison sentences and hefty fines if convicted under the Communications Regulatory Authority Act of 2012.

As per the Act, any person who steals any telecommunication equipment; wilfully and unlawfully damages or destroys any telecommunication equipment, or does any act with an intent to, or knowing that it is likely that such act will, impair the usefulness or efficiency or prevent or impede the working of any such equipment, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable to a fine of not less than P50,000.00 but not more than P1, 000,000.00 or to an imprisonment for a term of not less than five years but not more than 15 years.

Recently, BTC -the leading telecommunications operator celebrating 40 years of progress- has pleaded with the public to help stem the rising incidents of theft of cobber cables and damage to its telecommunications infrastructure which is denying service to customers.

In an interview with BTC Corporate Communications and Public Relations Manager, Golekanye Molapisi, pleaded with Batswana to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement to help curb damage of its infrastructure and the theft of BTC copper cables

He said these acts of vandalism have affected BTC’s mandate of offering reliable and efficient services to customers at all times especially during these trying times of Covid-19. “When copper cables are cut and stolen the end result is service disruption meaning customers do not have access to communication means which could put lives at risk. For example, if there is an incident a customer cannot call an ambulance, phone the police or any other emergency service for assistance, hence putting people’s lives at risk.

Further these cable thefts result in internet service outage which in turn affects customers’ access to e- services and the ability to transact either online or through the ATM denying customers the opportunity to buy or pay for services. In essence cable thefts negatively impacts businesses and their ability to provide service especially during these trying times of COVID-19, he said.

Molapisi said the recent damage and theft of BTC copper cables at Gaborone (Block 7, 3, 5) Mogoditshane, Tsolamosese, Village and Phakalane amongst other areas, resulted in a service outages of fixed voice and internet services. Exacerbating the scourge could be scrap metal dealers who buy and sell stolen copper.

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GATA LE RONA Comes To Completion

6th September 2021

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.

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