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Botswana Prison Services modernizes

The Botswana Prison Services (BPS) is currently undergoing a thorough restructuring phase aimed at modernizing an agency that has long been neglected and underdeveloped in comparison to other disciplined forces. This essay will explore the key aspects of the restructuring process, including the establishment of an air wing and an intelligence wing within the BPS. Additionally, it will highlight the positive impact of these changes on the efficiency and competitiveness of the agency.

Restructuring Initiatives

Under the leadership of Commissioner Dinah Marathe and her management team, the BPS has successfully persuaded the government to initiate a restructuring process to address the agency’s past neglect and resource shortage. Substantial funds have been allocated to facilitate this organizational transformation.

One significant aspect of the restructuring is the establishment of an air wing within the BPS. This wing will be equipped with two helicopters primarily used for transporting high-risk inmates between prisons and for urgent deployment of officers. While specific details regarding deadlines, costs, and the number of aircraft required are still being finalized, the introduction of an air wing will undoubtedly enhance the agency’s operational capabilities.

Another crucial aspect of the restructuring process is the creation of an intelligence wing within the BPS. This wing aims to tackle the growing problem of cell phone smuggling into jail cells. To build the foundation of this intelligence unit, highly competent military intelligence operatives from the Botswana Defense Force (BDF) have been recruited. Additionally, disgruntled intelligence officers from other agencies, such as the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services (DISS) and the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC), have requested transfers to this newly formed unit.

Benefits and Impact

The restructuring efforts within the BPS have already yielded positive results, leading to increased efficiency and competitiveness. Officers have praised Commissioner Marathe’s leadership, citing improvements such as the installation of blue lights on vans used to transport suspects to courts across the country. These enhancements have simplified operations and improved overall effectiveness.

Furthermore, the transfer of the BPS from the Ministry of Home Affairs to the Ministry of Defence, Justice, and Security has resulted in improved conditions and boosted morale within the agency. Previously, the BPS had to compete for resources with sister departments, hindering its ability to address its unique challenges adequately. However, under the new ministry, the BPS has received increased support and attention, allowing for more effective operations.

The comprehensive restructuring efforts being undertaken by the BPS are expected to make the agency more appealing to skilled professionals and new graduates. By modernizing its operations and addressing resource shortages, the BPS aims to attract talented individuals who can contribute to its ongoing transformation.

 

 

BPS insiders posit that the ongoing restructuring phase within the Botswana Prison Services is a significant step towards modernizing an agency that has long been neglected. They agree that the establishment of an air wing and an intelligence wing will enhance the BPS’s operational capabilities and address critical challenges such as cell phone smuggling. “The positive impact of these changes is already evident, with increased efficiency and competitiveness reported by officers. By attracting skilled professionals and new graduates, the BPS aims to continue its transformation and become a more effective and modernized agency,” said one insider who preferred anonymity.

 

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Botswana’s Legislative Milestone: Championing Disability Rights

27th February 2024

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.

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Kabo Matlho’s Majestic Reentry Descends Upon a Solo Venture

27th February 2024

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.

 

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BODANSA strikes gold with a handsome P45K windfall from Turnstar Holdings

27th February 2024

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.

 

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