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Botswanas unemployment figures soar

Just when the country is coming to terms with the overwhelming COVID-19 pandemic and its wearing impacts, unemployment seems to be the next crisis. For the record, unemployment in Botswana has been a chaotic trial over the years. Even though the numbers were not bad, COVID-19 actually fueled the entire situation and drastically spiked the numbers.

This week Statistics Botswana released the latest report on unemployment in Botswana, and the numbers dont look good. According to this organization, currently unemployed persons are persons who did not do some work in reference period for payment, either in cash or in kind, profit or family gain.

These people should have been actively seeking work in the past thirty days and were available to start work. Discouraged job seekers are persons outside the labor force who wanted employment and were currently available but did not seek employment during the short reference period of measurement, for labor market-related reasons.

Quarter three 2019 Quarterly Multi Topic Survey, estimated total unemployed population at 194 990. In quarter four 2019 a total of 211 743 unemployed persons were recorded, indicating an increase of 16 753 (8.6%) in the total unemployed population. The total unemployed continued to increase in the next two quarters of 2020.

In quarter one 2020, the total was estimated at 226 598. This is a 7.0% increase from the previous quarter. Quarter 4 2020 estimated the total unemployed at 238 731. This is an increase of 5.4% as compared to the results of quarter one 2020.

According to Statistics Botswana, the total number of discouraged job seekers for Q4 2020 was estimated at 81 008. This is an increase of 36.8% (21 793) in the number of discouraged job seekers as compared to the 59 215 that was estimated for Q1 2020. For Q4 2019, discouraged job seekers were estimated at 69 393. Annual change in the total number of discouraged job seekers (Q4 2019 to Q4 2020) depicts an increase of 16.7% (11 615) in the total number of discouraged job seekers.

In Q4 2020, there were 26 723 unemployed males aged between 20 and 24 years old, as compared to 25 709 females of the same age range. Those of the age bracket 25-29 stood at 23 804 and 29 105 for both males and females respectively. The extended unemployment- that is- the combination of actively seeking and not seeking employment persons in the reference periods, stood at 319 740 in Q4 2020. Of these, 238 731 (74.7%) were actively seeking work and 81 008 or 25% were discouraged job seekers.

Overall unemployment rate for Q4 2020 was estimated at 24.5%. This estimate relates to individuals who were actively seeking work during the reference period. Statistics Botswana reported that unemployment rate for females was estimated at 25.8% while males recorded 23.3%.

Comparison over the last three Qs show that unemployment rate has been increasing from quarter to quarter. In Q3 2019, the rate was recorded at 20.7%. It went up to 22.2% in Q4 of 2019, and reached 23.2% in Q1 2020. The annual change between Q4 of 2019 and Q4 2020 depicts an increase of 2.3% in the overall unemployment rate.

The group indicated that the extended unemployment rate was estimated at 30.3% in Q4 2020 whilst 27.55 was recorded in Q3 2019. This indicates a 2.8% annual change in the relaxed unemployment rate. The internationally used measure of unemployment is the actively seeking work (24.5%), according to the report.

The most affected age groups were the 15-17 to 20-29. Age group 15-17, Statistics Botswana says recorded the highest unemployment rate of 61.1%. This was followed by the 18-19 age group with 51.0%. Age groups 20-24 and 25-29 recorded 43.4 and 31.4% respectively. It was further underlined that unemployment rate for the labor force aged 18 years and above (Q4 2020), was estimated at 24.5%. In Q3 2019 the unemployment rate for ages 18 years and above was estimated at 21.9%, showing an annual upward change of 2.8%.

Urban areas recorded the highest rate of 27.4%. The group says rural areas and cities and towns recorded 25.7% and 17.1% percent respectively. For all regions, female unemployment rate was higher than male unemployment rate. The highest rate for females was recorded in urban villages with 28.9%. For males, the highest unemployment rate was also recorded in urban villages with 25.7%.

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According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

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South Korean Embassy aids students living with disabilities

6th February 2023

South Korean Ambassador in South Africa has donated e-learning equipment through Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) to Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre in Tlokweng recently, in a bid to fine tune the student’s textile skills.  

When talking at the handing over ceremony, Chull-Joo Park, said they agreed with BRCS to give out e-learning equipment to better the training skills of students living with disabilities.

“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.

It was revealed that the South Korean Embassy approached BRCS with the intent to donate equipment and educational material that includes an embroidery machine, photo copier machine, tablets and interactive boards to be utilized by the trainees.

The industrial printer is a machine that works with embroidery machine to print designs for clothing and it will enable the learners to have more material available to them to facilitate learning.

Through this embroidery machine, students will be exposed to better technologies which ultimately improve the quality of materials they produce. It will also allow students to learn business skills and run profitable ventures.

Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.

Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.

For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.

“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”

BRCS offers rehabilitation services spread across three (3) areas in Botswana being Sefhare Stimulation center in Sefhare, Tshimologo stimulation center in Francistown and Tlamelong rehabilitation center in Tlokweng.

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