The Model Law for Cooperatives in Africa, according to the International Cooperatives Alliance (ICA), is a framework for fostering uniformity and harmonisation of cooperatives legislation across Africa.
This was stated by ICA Regional Director Dr Chiyoge Sifa when delivering the draft paper to the Pan-African Parliament’s (PAP) Committee on Monetary and Financial Affairs during the sitting of the Permanent Committees of the sixth Parliament of PAP currently happening in Midrand, South Africa under the African Union theme for 2023, “Accelerating the implementation of African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).”
“The African Union Model Law for Cooperatives is a legal instrument for the development and evaluation of cooperative law based on international legal norms, with the goal of leapfrogging cooperative movements in the African Union.” She said.
“It serves as a mechanism for promoting uniformity and harmonisation of cooperative legislation across Africa.”
Dr Sifa stated that an effective enabling environment for cooperatives necessitates a legislative framework that recognizes cooperatives’ unique character and facilitates the translation of cooperative definitions, values, and principles into laws that regulate cooperative actions.
She also said that an enabling environment serves as the foundation for a cooperative economy that is people-owned, democratic, and politically autonomous, and is dedicated to educating its citizens, nurturing their cultural needs and aspirations, and striving for positive health, social, economic, and environmental outcomes.
“One of the core objectives of the then OAU was to liberate Africa (Political independence)-Article II of the OAU Charter, 1963. After the struggle for independence (in the early 1990s), continental efforts were more directed toward socioeconomic development,” said Dr Sifa.
“The Constitutive Act of the AU, 2000 reaffirms the above in its Article 3. Strategies and efforts to realise the broad AU vision and objectives must involve the participation of the people of Africa and their organisations, including business organisations. One of these organisations is the cooperative business model (cooperatives societies or cooperatives).”
A model law is a type of ‘law’ designed to act as a guide for developing similar enforceable laws at national or other levels. According to the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights. A model law is “typically a detailed set of provisions embodying the international, regional or sub-regional standards on a particular subject, developed for the purpose of facilitating the adoption of national legislation.”
The word ‘model’ implies that the model law is not intended to be adopted verbatim by states. Its content, on the other hand, is to be domesticated in order to suit the legal, economic, social, and other realities achieved in a certain country. As a result, model legislation is not a binding instrument, but rather a practical guide. As a result, a model law is a collection of best practices and ways to regulate or manage a certain issue.
In a significant stride towards inclusivity, Botswana’s National Assembly has ratified the groundbreaking Persons with Disability Act. This legislation is a cornerstone in protecting the rights and promoting the economic well-being of individuals with disabilities
At the heart of this act is the creation of two pivotal bodies: the National Disability Coordinating Office and the National Disability Council. These institutions are set to revolutionize the integration of disability affairs into the national fabric, as outlined by the Minister for State President, Kabo Morwaeng. Morwaeng highlighted the alignment of this act with the global Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), underlining Botswana’s commitment to international standards in disability rights.
During his address to Parliament, Morwaeng disclosed Botswana’s inaugural CRPD report submission to the UN, underscoring the nation’s dedication to global dialogue on disability rights. Furthermore, he unveiled plans for a comprehensive assessment to understand the socio-economic realities of disabled individuals and their families. This initiative, complemented by the strengthening of existing programs, aims to empower this community, ensuring their integration and prosperity in society
Morwaeng’s call to action was clear. He urged a collective shift in developmental agendas to accommodate and prioritize disability issues, advocating for an inclusive societal framework.
An ambitious budget of P35,631,600 has been allocated to bridge gaps in Disability Economic Empowerment, alongside critical studies and the establishment of the National Emergency Operations Centre. Concluding his presentation, Morwaeng appealed to fellow governmental departments to allocate funds diligently to fulfill CRPD and Persons with Disabilities obligations, marking a new chapter in Botswana’s legislative history towards inclusive development.
Kabo Matlho, a luminary whose fame once graced the grand finale of My Star, is poised to enchant the music realm once more with an upcoming solo venture—an RnB and Hip-Hop Extended Play (EP)—heralding his grand resurgence after a hiatus that spoke volumes.
During a telephonic confab with our editors, the virtuoso, navigating the world from the confines of his wheelchair, confided that while the exact launch date of the EP remains shrouded in mystery, he is fervently working towards a mid-2024 reveal. Matlho shared the trials of his odyssey, especially the cold shoulder he received from the industry ambushes, crediting the harsh exclusion to his physical predicament.
“The scene calls me once more, for the absence has been both a sabbatical and a shadow. The road for an artist, enveloped in the embrace of wheels, is strewn with fewer welcomes and scarce stages. Yet, herein I forge my return, with the precise hour of my EP’s birth still nestled in the coming chapters, assuredly within this year’s embrace,” Matlho unveiled with a determination that shone bright.
Probed on his choice for a solo EP, the melody weaver expressed a desire to not only rekindle his essence but to stand solitary under the spotlight, nurturing his brand to vigor before possibly blending it with the talents of others—once his career phoenix rises anew from its ashes.
Elaborating on his Extended Play, Matlho shared visions of its essence, where the soul of RnB intertwines with the spirited rhythm of Hip-Hop, crafting an audial tapestry that not only returns to his roots but also ventures into previously uncharted territories of his musical domain. With resilience, Matlho faces the crossroads of his artistry, embracing the whisperings of Hip-Hop that tease the boundaries of his comfort, embarking on this path with a heart both apprehensive and ablaze.
The Botswana DanceSport Association (BODANSA) has been graced with a financial boon of P45,000 courtesy of Turnstar Holdings. This generous endowment is earmarked for the illustrious Botswana International Dance Sport Grand Prix Championships, which are scheduled to animate Gaborone from Friday to Saturday.
At a media engagement held early today, BODANSA’s Marketing Maestro, Tiro Ntwayagae, shared that Turnstar Holdings Limited has bestowed a gift of P45,000 towards the grand spectacle.
“We are thrilled to announce that this backing will enable us to orchestrate a cultural soirée at the Game City Marque locale, a night brimming with cultural fervor set for March 1, 2024, from 6pm to the stroke of midnight.
This enchanting space will also serve as the battleground for the preliminaries of traditional dance ensembles—spanning the rhythmically rich Setapa to the euphoric beats of Sebirwa, the spirited Seperu, the heavenly Hosana, and more—in a competition folded into the Traditional Dance Groups Category. The ensemble that dances into the judges’ hearts will clinch a grand prize of P10,000,” elaborated Ntwayagae.
He further illuminated that the cultural eve would not only celebrate traditional melodies but also the fresh beats of contemporary dance variants including Hip Hop, Sbujwa, Amapiano, among others, in a dazzling display of modern dance mastery.
Moreover, these championships carry the prestigious recognition by the World DanceSport Federation as a qualifying round for the Breakdance category for the Paris 2024 Olympics. “This is a monumental opportunity for athletes to leap towards their Olympic dreams during one of the penultimate qualifiers,” underscored Ntwayagae.
Looking ahead to March 2, 2024, the festivities will propel into the University of Botswana Indoor Sports Arena for the championship’s climactic showdowns encompassing Breakdance, Latin, and Ballroom Dancing.