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Media is essential on the advancement of SDGs – UNDP

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with Ministry of Finance, Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and Botswana Council of Non-Governmental Organizations (BOCONGO) have this week trained journalists in efforts to advance knowledge and understanding of the set 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Officiating the five-day training, the Director of Population and Sustainable Coordination at the Ministry of Finance, Moremi Moremi indicated that the government of Botswana is committed to the implementation of the 2030 agenda. He indicated that this is a part of the domestication process efforts to align the SDGs with national development frameworks namely the Vision 2036, National Development Plan (NDP 11) as well as district and urban development plans.

He further stated that the workshop was aimed at building capacity of media practitioners on SGDs to enable them to develop well informed and quality content on them. Moremi said that the workshop will strengthen a mutually beneficial and long-lasting partnership between the media and the institutional mechanism for coordination and implementation of the SDGs.

The Statistics Botswanas Sustainable Development Goals indicator stats brief 2018 states that on the 25th September 2015, 193 countries of the UN General assembly including Botswana adopted the 2030 development Agenda titled transformation of our world: the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development .

It states that the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development offers a unique opportunity for all countries, including Botswana to achieve inclusive, transformative and sustained development that leaves no one behind. For his part, the consultant engaged by the UNDP, Dr William Lesitaokana, a senior lecturer for Media Studies at the University of Botswana indicated that the agenda has 17 goals that are essential to develop and sustain countries.

17 Sustainable Development Goals
No poverty
No hunger
Good health and well-being
Quality Education
Gender equality
Clean water and sanitation
Affordable and clean energy
Decent work and Economic growth
Industry , innovation and infrastructure
Reduced Inequality
Sustainable cities and communities
Responsible Consumption and Production
Climate Action
Life below Water
Life on Land
Peace and Justice Strong institutions
Partnerships to achieve the goal
Furthermore, Dr Lesitaokana emphasized that it is essential for journalists to make reference to the SGD goals when reporting issues as it will also create awareness to the public on the Mandate of UNDP.

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DJ Bafana’s one man show on the cards

21st February 2024

DJ Bafana, a talented DJ from Francistown, is gearing up to host his very own one-man show, a groundbreaking event that aims to not only showcase his skills but also empower fellow musicians. This ambitious project is currently in the planning stages, with DJ Bafana actively seeking out potential sponsors to help bring his vision to life.

In a recent interview with WeekendPost, DJ Bafana revealed that he is in talks with two potential venues, Limpopo Gardens and Molapo Leisure Gardens, to host his show. However, he is facing challenges in securing sponsorships from companies, particularly those who do not fully understand the importance of music-related events. Despite this setback, DJ Bafana remains determined to make his one-man show a reality and to use it as a platform to empower and support other artists in the industry.

What sets DJ Bafana’s show apart is the fact that he will be making history as the first person living with a disability to host a one-man show in Botswana. This milestone is a testament to his resilience and determination to break barriers and pave the way for others in similar situations. By showcasing his talent and passion for music, DJ Bafana is not only proving his worth as an artist but also inspiring others to pursue their dreams, regardless of any obstacles they may face.

As DJ Bafana continues to work towards making his one-man show a reality, he remains focused on his goal of empowering and uplifting his fellow musicians. Through his dedication and perseverance, he is setting an example for others to follow and showing that anything is possible with hard work and determination. The date for the show is yet to be announced, but one thing is for certain – DJ Bafana’s one-man show is sure to be a memorable and inspiring event for all who attend.

 

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Lady of Soul remains tenacious as ever

21st February 2024

Radio Personality Tebogo Sekgoma affectionately known as Lady of Soul is determined to keep pursuing her ambitions vigorously, in spite of hurdles and stumbling blocks.

In an exclusive interview with this publication, Sekgoma divulged that she is working on her memoir. Although she won’t reveal much, the broadcast veteran said she will essentially be telling the story of her life.

The former Sunday Live host is also serving as a board member (Secretary General) at Botswana Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted (BABPS). She is actively involved in advocating for the rights of the visually impaired, a hiccup she refused to succumb to.

 

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Inside the new disability Law

21st February 2024

The new Disability Law in Botswana is a significant step towards ensuring the rights and inclusion of persons living with disabilities in the country. This act, which was passed into law on the 11th of December 2023, is a reflection of Botswana’s commitment to upholding the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

One of the key provisions of the act is the prohibition of discrimination against persons with disabilities in work-related matters. This means that employers will no longer be able to discriminate against individuals based on their disability when it comes to hiring, promotion, or any other aspect of employment. This is a crucial step towards creating a more inclusive and equitable society for all.

The act also establishes a National Disability Council, which will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the act and ensuring that the rights of persons with disabilities are protected. This council will play a vital role in advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities and ensuring that they have equal access to opportunities in all areas of life.

In addition to prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, the act also sets out disability standards that must be adhered to by employers and other entities. These standards are designed to ensure that persons with disabilities are able to access the same opportunities and services as everyone else, without facing any barriers or discrimination.

Furthermore, the act provides for actions plans to be developed to address the needs of persons with disabilities, as well as administrative penalties and fines for those who fail to comply with the provisions of the act. This sends a clear message that discrimination against persons with disabilities will not be tolerated in Botswana.

Overall, the new Disability Law in Botswana is a positive step towards creating a more inclusive and equitable society for all. By prohibiting discrimination in the workplace and setting out clear standards for the treatment of persons with disabilities, this act will help to ensure that all individuals, regardless of their abilities, have the opportunity to fully participate in society.

 

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