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Majafela talks automation system




With a strong desire to use technology to simplify people’s daily lives, Kgotla Majafe started Sebatek automations last year.

According to Majafe, the company enables clients to control and monitor what is happening in their homes and offices using their smart phones. “It introduces people to a secure life, where a home automation system hears, sees and smells in their houses and offices for them. A home where your family feels safe,” says Majafe. He reveals that not only would clients be able to monitor their home security from anywhere in the world but that they would also be able to avoid misfortunes such as fire in the home or flooding due to water leakages.

“The monitoring and controlling is done to work together that if one prompts the other and devices are connected to communicate with each other, they can control when a monitoring device prompts action,” he explained.

As an example, he gave a scenario in which there would be a tap leaking in the tap inside the house with no one there to close it. The water sensor would sense the leakage and send a notification to the house owner’s smart phone. From wherever they are, they can send a command back to the tap to close more tightly to avoid water dripping.

Other examples would be a command given to curtains to open or close themselves, the gate opening or closing itself, and the front door opening or closing itself. Premises could be also be commanded to sense motion so that if for example, an intruder comes inside the house when the owner is not there then the camera, would be prompted to start recording. At the same time, a notification would be sent to either the owner or people whose devices have been programmed to receive such information and are asked if they want to see the surveillance feed.

“If you see that the feed is questionable or requires action, you can from your smart device, allow the system to carry out the subsequent emergency response which would sound the alarm and commission other preprogramed events. If you cannot attend to the prompt the system will therefore as programmed trigger the events on your behalf. This takes care of the security function of the automation system,” explains Majafe.

All phones in the house could be linked to the system so it is not one specific phone that they would use in the controlling of the automation as desired by the owner of the house. The notification could also go in a form of an SMS to the owner thus catering for mobile devices which are not smart phones.

Asked what happens when a person moves out of an automated house to one that is not, he explained that Sebatek devices do not connect permanently to building’s infrastructure. He states that it is not a problem if a client wants to redecorate their apartment or take down some walls and change the interior design. Any given module from the wall, he states, can be taken and installed into a new location.

Issues of privacy and ethics might arise for some people interested in having their offices and homes automated. To this, he informs that after they have installed their devices, they do not have access to particular premises but that clients do the monitoring themselves.

Furthermore, when they automate a house or office for the first time, they show the owner how to do it themselves and then the owner creates login details (Username and Password), thus giving them full control of the system.
Sebatek automations had a chance to display at the recent Youth expo and Majafe reveals that they got a positive response from people who visited their stall.

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Healthcare system to improve



The Health ministry has developed a seven-point programme to guide the country in improving the healthcare system, says Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Alfred Rabashemi Madigele.

“The seven priority areas will serve as a roadmap and a guardian angel towards improving the overall healthcare system and increasing access to health care while fighting the burden of disease that confronts us,” said Madigele at Masa Square Hotel on Tuesday.

The focal areas include decentralisation; Universal Health Coverage, Tertiary Care, Strategic leveraging on the Private sector; Supply Chain; Research as well as Staff welfare and accountability.
Point-one of the seven priority areas according to Dr Madigele is about empowering the District Health Management Teams (DHMTs) and transforming them into fully fledged Regional Health Authorities.

“In this case, they will be rationalised from 27 to 18 and have the authority to hire A and B Scales, promote up to C1 and manage micro procurement,” he said. Point two is about improving the quality of healthcare services. “The main causes of mortality and their risk factors in Botswana are Primary Health Care issues,” Dr Madigele said.

He added that “Our efforts for the attainment of Universal Health Coverage should thus focus on: Prevention; Comprehensive screening; Early treatment; and Surveillance at the community.”
This he said, would require revamped grassroots efforts in which adequate numbers of community health workers through partnerships with the non-governmental sector will be deployed as necessary.

According to Dr Madigele, the top five causes of death in Botswana in 2017 were HIV/AIDS, Ischemic heart disease, stroke, lower respiratory infections and Diabetes. He said compared to 2007, NCDs among these had increased in burden by an average of 34%. The top five risk factors related to these causes of mortality were unsafe sex; poor diet; high blood pressure; alcohol abuse and tobacco use.

Improving the quality of care, Madigele said will also include the safety and security of patients; attitudes of staff as experienced by patients; time taken in queues either before seeing a health worker or receiving medication and the availability of drugs.

Meanwhile, the health minister revealed that the commissioning of Sir Ketumile Masire Teaching Hospital (SKMTH) is ongoing with the facility scheduled for opening on April 24th. “This will be a phased approach commencing with some services including paediatric oncology, internal medicine, rheumatology and endocrinology, diagnostic radiology, laboratory services and pharmacy”.

A phased commissioning of SKMTH will reduce overdependence on South Africa for referrals, reduce costs and also institutionalise provision of super specialist services within Botswana.

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Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi has refuted claims that she is under the radar of the Financial Intelligence Agency. Dr Venson-Moitoi who pulled out of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) presidential race at the eleventh hour, was last week reported to have had her accounts frozen because she was being investigated by FIA.

It was alleged that the freezing of the accounts would have a negative bearing on her campaign as she could not access her funds. Responding to enquiries on the issue during a media briefing in Kang Village, Dr Venson-Moitoi said the allegations were far from the truth.

According to the former cabinet minister, all her accounts were clean and she was accessing her funds without any challenge. “The person who was saying all those things was lying. My accounts are clean as we speak. I was never confronted by FIA or anyone. As far as I know I am not under any investigations,” she said.

Linked to that, it had emerged that Dr Venson-Moitoi’s campaign was being funded from outside the country especially by the some rich families in South Africa. Reports then suggested that her source of funding was blocked through the intervention of FIA, and that even her accounts were frozen. She dismissed the reports as propaganda that was perhaps spread to soil her campaign.

“I am clean. This is why I am never mentioned in missing funds from National Petroleum Fund or those of Capital Management Botswana,” said the Serowe South Member of Parliament. Last month Dr Venson-Moitoi had reported to the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) Director General Peter Magosi that she was not happy that she is being followed around the country by security agents.

Magosi dismissed the claims on grounds that his organisation is not the only one that uses private motor vehicles.

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