Connect with us
Advertisement

A closer look into BOSETU state of affairs

In its Extra-Ordinary Delegate Congress held recently in Palapye, Botswana Secondary School Teachers Union (BOSETU) gave an update on a number of issues. These are issues that are paramount to the welfare of its members, which are mostly teachers.

When giving a report on the general health of the union, Secretary General Tabokani Rari said the union has realized a substantial growth. He indicated that in April 2021, membership stood at fifteen thousand and thirty five (15 035), while as of August 2022, total membership was nineteen thousand, five hundred and fifty five (19 555).

“This is a growth of four thousand, five hundred and twenty (4520) in sixteen months, translating to thirty percent (30%) growth in one year and four months. I must say this is a remarkable development and we hope for more members as time goes by.”

THE REVIEW OF THE TRANSFER POLICY (TP)

BOSETU Council engaged on the matter prior to the full outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the agreement on it was that a joint consultative meet be composed to carry out a consultative process on transfer policy. A statement from BOSETU says the process commenced before COVID-19 but could not be concluded owing COVID-19 protocol restrictions. The union says this is a matter yet to be resuscitated by the Sector Council.

THE REVIEW OF THE HOUSING POLICY

The matter, according to BOSETU, was discussed at the Education Sector Council (ESC). Parties agreed to a joint consultative process that commended prior to COVID-19 but could not be completed owing to COVID-19 protocol restrictions. Just like the transfer policy, this is a matter that would be revisited by the ESC.

TEACHING LOADS

BOSETU says the issue became quite heated and topical during the period under review, when teachers loads were adjusted upwards. Some teachers teaching loads were increased to more than it was prescribed in the Establishment Register (ER).

“This matter was discussed at the ESC, and it was agreed that a joint committee to investigate the matter and come up with some possible recommendations to resolve it be established. The Committee was also to investigate the ER to see how it could be reviewed if the need arises. The Committee has since produced a report that is yet to be tabled before the joint Reference Committee (RC) for discussion and consequent adoption.

BOTSWANA EXAMINATIONS COUNSIL (BSE) ISSUES

During the period under review, there has been several engagements with Botswana Examinations Council (BSE) in an attempt to improve the conditions of service for BOSETU members that are being engaged by the Council.

“It is important to state that the general membership should note that the power of nay trade union rests on the support of its membership. We therefore can only be successful in improving the conditions of service for members engaged by BEC if members support the union by taking appropriate instructions that would assist that BEC should come to the party.”

The Sector Committee through the established National Examination Consultative Forum (NECF) has been engaging with BEC officials on a Memorandum of Agreement that would establish a framework within which parties engage.

“Parties at the level of the NECF have not been able to agree. The main areas of dispute being that, while unions demand for a negotiation forum, BEC on the other hand want a consultative forum. Parties at the NECF level have deadlocked on this matter and has been referred to the joint Referecne Committee composed of the Executives of BEC and those of the traded unions.

BOSETU says this difference that has resulted in the absence of a platform for negotiations being an MOA has resulted in parties not being able to engage on course work, invigilation and marking rates for the 2022/23 cycle of examinations.

“It is therefore in this vein that educators are called upon to withhold any course marks that are due and should not enter any contract with BEC on invigilation and marking until such time that unions would have directed otherwise

News

Masisi to dump Tsogwane?

28th November 2022

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and some senior government officials are abuzz with reports that President Mokgweetsi Masisi has requested his Vice President, Slumber Tsogwane not to contest the next general elections in 2024.

This content is locked

Login To Unlock The Content!

Continue Reading

News

African DFIs gear to combat climate change

25th November 2022

The impacts of climate change are increasing in frequency and intensity every year and this is forecast to continue for the foreseeable future. African CEOs in the Global South are finally coming to the party on how to tackle the crisis.

Following the completion of COP27 in Egypt recently, CEOs of Africa DFIs converged in Botswana for the CEO Forum of the Association of African Development Finance Institutions. One of the key themes was on green financing and building partnerships for resource mobilization in financing SDGs in Africa

A report; “Weathering the storm; African Development Banks response to Covid-19” presented shocking findings during the seminar. Among them; African DFI’s have proven to be financially resilient, and they are fast shifting to a green transition and it’s financing.

COO, CEDA, James Moribame highlighted that; “Everyone needs food, shelter and all basic needs in general, but climate change is putting the achievement of this at bay. “It is expensive for businesses to do business, for instance; it is much challenging for the agricultural sector due to climate change, and the risks have gone up. If a famer plants crops, they should be ready for any potential natural disaster which will cost them their hard work.”

According to Moribame, Start-up businesses will forever require help if there is no change.

“There is no doubt that the Russia- Ukraine war disrupted supply chains. SMMEs have felt the most impact as some start-up businesses acquire their materials internationally, therefore as inflation peaks, this means the exchange rate rises which makes commodities expensive and challenging for SMMEs to progress. Basically, the cost of doing business has gone up. Governments are no longer able to support DFI’s.”

Moribame shared remedies to the situation, noting that; “What we need is leadership that will be able to address this. CEOs should ensure companies operate within a framework of responsible lending. They also ought to scout for opportunities that would be attractive to investors, this include investors who are willing to put money into green financing. Botswana is a prime spot for green financing due to the great opportunity that lies in solar projects. ”

Technology has been hailed as the economy of the future and thus needs to be embraced to drive operational efficiency both internally and externally.

Executive Director, bank of Industry Nigeria, Simon Aranou mentioned that for investors to pump money to climate financing in Africa, African states need to be in alignment with global standards.

“Do what meets world standards if you want money from international investors. Have a strong risk management system. Also be a good borrower, if you have a loan, honour the obligation of paying it back because this will ensure countries have a clean financial record which will then pave way for easier lending of money in the future. African states cannot just be demanding for mitigation from rich countries. Financing needs infrastructure to complement it, you cannot be seating on billions of dollars without the necessary support systems to make it work for you. Domestic resource mobilisation is key. Use public money to mobilise private money.” He said.

For his part, the Minster of Minister of Entrepreneurship, Karabo Gare enunciated that, over the past three years, governments across the world have had to readjust their priorities as the world dealt with the effects and impact of the COVID 19 pandemic both to human life and economic prosperity.

“The role of DFIs, during this tough period, which is to support governments through countercyclical measures, including funding of COVID-19 related development projects, has become more important than ever before. However, with the increasingly limited resources from governments, DFIs are now expected to mobilise resources to meet the fiscal gaps and continue to meet their developmental mandates across the various affected sectors of their economies.” Said Gare.

Continue Reading

News

TotalEnergies Botswana launches Road safety campaign in Letlhakeng

22nd November 2022

Letlhakeng:TotalEnergies Botswana today launched a Road Safety Campaign as part of their annual Stakeholder Relationship Management (SRM), in partnership with Unitrans, MVA Fund, TotalEnergies Letlhakeng Filling Station and the Letlhakeng Sub District Road Safety Committee during an event held in Letlhakeng under the theme, #IamTrafficToo.

The Supplier Relationship Management initiative is an undertaking by TotalEnergies through which TotalEnergie annually explores and implements social responsibility activities in communities within which we operate, by engaging key stakeholders who are aligned with the organization’s objectives. Speaking during the launch event, TotalEnergies’ Operations and HSSEQ,   Patrick Thedi said,  “We at TotalEnergies pride ourselves in being an industrial operator with a strategy centered on respect, listening, dialogue and stakeholder involvement, and a partner in the sustainable social and economic development of its host communities and countries. We are also very fortunate to have stakeholders who are in alignment with our organizational objectives. We assess relationships with our key stakeholders to understand their concerns and expectations as well as identify priority areas for improvement to strengthen the integration of Total Energies in the community. As our organization transitions from Total to Total Energies, we are committed to exploring sustainable initiatives that will be equally indicative of our growth and this Campaign is a step in the right direction. ”

As part of this campaign roll out, stakeholders  will be refurbishing and upgrading and installing road signs around schools in the area, and generally where required. One of the objectives of the Campaign is to bring awareness and training on how to manage and share the road/parking with bulk vehicles, as the number of bulk vehicles using the Letlhakeng road to bypass Trans Kalahari increases. When welcoming guests to Letlhakeng, Kgosi Balepi said he welcomed the initiative as it will reduce the number of road incidents in the area.

Also present was District Traffic Officer ASP, Reuben Moleele,  who gave a statistical overview of accidents in the region, as well as the rest of the country. Moleele applauded TotalEnergies and partners on the Campaign, especially ahead of the festive season, a time he pointed out is always one with high road statistics. The campaign name #IamTrafficToo, is a reminder to all road users, including pedestrians that they too need to be vigilant and play their part in ensuring a reduction in road incidents.

The official proceedings of the day included a handover of reflectors and stop/Go signs to the Letlhakeng Cluster from TotalEnerigies, injury prevention from tips from MVA’s Onkabetse Petlwana, as  well as  bulk vehicle safety tips delivered from Adolf Namate of Unitrans.

TotalEnergies, which is committed to having zero carbon emissions by 2050,  has committed to rolling out the Road safety Campaign to the rest of the country in the future.

Continue Reading