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Bridget John calls for professionalism in the procurement industry

Keikantse Lesemela



Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) Executive Chairman, Bridget John said there is need for professional training in the industry to improve the current procurement processes in the country.

She said training has been lacking in the industry and in response, the organisation is currently working in collaboration with local institutions including Botswana Accountancy College and University of Botswana.

“We came up with a certificate programme which will be followed by the Masters programme. Procurement is very complex and we need to approach it in a professional manner,” said John,
John highlighted to the Business Trends that PPADB currently has more than 20 certified trainers. “However we are also registered as a competent training institution for public procurement. So we have in house trainers,” she said.

She pointed out that a significant amount of the annual budget (about 60%) goes to procurement hence the need to ensure that the funds are used efficiently and effectively and empower Batswana economically through a transparent, fair and accessible procurement system.“It is against this background that PPADB has come up with several measures to guard against corruption and bottlenecks in procurement,” she said.

Speaking during the media capacity building workshop last week, PPADB Executive Director for supplies, Kgakgamalo Ketshajwang highlighted that public procurement practitioners are also required to adhere to the Code of Ethics for Public Procurement and Asset Disposal just as contractors are subjected to the Code of Conduct for Contractors.

“The code was developed and finalized in 2018 and it is now in force. The development of the code is in line with Section 90 of the PPAD Act which mandates PPADB to ensure that a code of ethical behavior for procurement personnel is in place and enforced,” said Ketshajwang

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Minister Thapelo Olopeng

Botswana Stock Exchange’s annual finance and investment competition for secondary school students has been applauded by the Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, Thapelo Olopeng.

The initiative, a capital market awareness tool that has been running for the past seven years, is increasing financial literacy and a culture of investment among young people. The initiative will see the country raise future billionaires through the stock markets. “It is a breath of fresh air to have tertiary students who are financially literate, who can manage their finances,” said the minister.

He urged students to invest even the smallest allowances they earn and have a hassle-free life after university. “Investing on the stock exchange is not only preserved for the rich, but for anyone with a bank account,” said Olopeng.

The minister said the secondary schools finance and investment competition is participation of the private sector in bridging the knowledge divide.Olopeng said the private sector participation augments his ministry’s efforts of providing and building knowledge and innovation through the development and implementation of the policy on tertiary education, research, science and technology to transform the economy from a resource based to a knowledge based.

“In this connection, we will continue to empower our students in order for them to lead better and successful lives which can propel them into the innovation ecosystem,” said Olopeng. BSE Chief Executive Officer, Thapelo Tsheole said the Senior Secondary Schools Finance and Investment Competition, first established in 2013 aims to sensitise and educate the student community about capital markets, with the strategic aim to increase financial literacy and promote a culture of investing at a young age.

The competition is open to all senior secondary schools across the country, including private and public senior secondary schools.

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Orapa Mine, part of Debswana

Botswana is not using diamonds to kill elephants as alleged by some conservationists after the southern African country announced plans to lift a ban on elephant hunting to address growing conflict between humans and wildlife, a government official has said.

Minister of mineral resources, Green technology and energy security Eric Molale told a mining conference in Gaborone on Monday that the activists were tarnishing the image of Botswana. “That’s hogwash because we as Botswana are [good] conservationists and it is us who worked hard to make sure these elephants [are] brought to the numbers that we do have now,” he said.

“When conflicts arise, it is through consultation, [that we] find out how we can best manage our resources. The people have spoken and we are going to be managing the elephants in the best way that we can.

“We are not culling, we have re-introduced the trophy hunting and if you take 400 elephants per annum for trophy hunting against the 3-5% annual growth rate of the elephant herd that we have…[we are] just barely scratching on the surface.”

Botswana has about 130 000 elephants, the world’s largest population.Molale said Botswana will remain focused on things that are beneficial to the country and will not be distracted by issues spread by people that are not even privy to how things are done in the country.

“We have, however, invited them to come and learn more about what we are doing so they can better understand those important aspects of flora and fauna…”The conflict between humans and elephants had gone up since the ban was introduced in 2014.

Tourism is the second source of foreign income in Botswana after diamonds and conservationists fear that the former will be affected is the government cull elephant.
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