Botswana Telecommunication Corporation Limited (BTC) celebrating 40 years of progress and anchoring the national economy, continues to match its expansive network footprint with a long legacy of community empowerment, development and growth.
Beyond the robust network which envelopes almost the entire Nation with over four hundred 4,5 G sites, VSAT technologies which reach the most hostile terrains and state of the art Data Centre, the Company through its Foundation has positively impacted communities far and wide.
Since its establishment in 2014, the BTC Foundation which is a registered entity governed by a deed of trust, has spent over 6.5 million on over 100 social entities which empower diverse communities with different interests for socio- economic development.
The aim of the Trust’s establishment is to fulfil the parent company, BTC’s ambitious social investment agenda of building better societies through the Company’s corporate social investment in every geographical area the network touches – nationwide.
BTC is committed to contributing to the socio- economic development of Botswana and is very passionate in achieving the country’s development goals and the fourth industrial revolution and the Foundation under the Chairmanship of Kgosi Michael Mothobi Letsogile Mothobi, identified four sponsorship focus areas namely Wellness and Sport Development, Arts and Culture, Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Environmental Protection.
The Foundation, the vehicle through which the Company uses to deliver its CSI initiatives has not been shy to go across and reach various communities in the country working closely with community groups and individuals to improve lives. The goal is to partner with like-minded institutions to positively impact communities.
Under the BTC Foundation belt is the annual provision of computers and Information Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure to previously underserved areas to equip residents with computer literacy and bridge the digital divide. On such centre is the Masunga Village ICT Skills Centre open for members of the community to enhance their craft on ICTs.
Driven by a strong belief that BTC can only thrive if societies it operates within also thrive, through the Foundation, the Company has also taken a deliberate decision to focus more on impactful sustainable projects.
Through the Hawkers Challenge, the Anthony Masunga led organisation, aims to encourage entrepreneurs to enhance their business by selling more BTC products and rewarding them with prizes among others mobile tuck shops, airtime and for this year’s winner a matshelonyana truck.
The youth have also been part of the fabric of development and empowerment and through the phone book cover and artist of the year award competitions, the Foundation in collaboration with Thapong Visual Arts Centre has been sponsoring the competitions to enable artists to develop their skills and earn a living through their craft.
Last year an arts entity called Black African Poets alongside other community project groups received backing from BTC Foundation .Some of the projects that have benefitted from the Foundation over the years include village development committees, Hope of Trust, Serowe SOS, Kopano Rehabilitation Foundation, Mmabana Trust, Kareng Primary School, Itsoseng Banana Trust, UB Foundation, Mochudi Resource Centre, Kalahari Conservation Society, Karakubis Primary School and Francistown Centre For the Deaf just to mention a few.
From Francistown, Masunga, Serowe, Palapye, Letlhakane, Moshupa, Goodhope, Ghanzi, Maun, Mohembo, Karakubis to Xade, BTC corporate social investment like its expansive network footprint knows no bounds.
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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Mr Aaron Nyelesi
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