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Statistics Botswana (SB) has strongly denied any involvement in acts of favouritism as complained by scores of citizens following the authority’s decision to recruit 200 temporary employees from the Gaborone labour office only.

Some former provisional employees who approached The Midweek Sun crying foul strongly felt that Gaborone residents were given preference over other citizens of the country. They also claimed that most of the rented cars deployed in the Multi-Topic household (BMTHS) survey belong to SB directors and South African companies.

When reached for comment regarding the allegations of bias, SB Communications, Documentation and Dissemination Manager, Lilian Setimela vehemently denied the accusation as baseless and devoid of any truth. She explained that all recruitment of temporary employees this year was done from the head office in Gaborone.

“Other Statistics offices across the country were not involved in the exercise including Francistown Regional office. Of the 200 temporary employees recruited, 100 are National Service Participants (Tirelo Setshaba) who were supplied to us through the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture (MYSC), while the other 100 were sourced from Gaborone Labour office with the assistance of Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs,” Setimela added. She also denied allegations of favouritism in sourcing private vehicles to be used during the survey.

“Statistics Botswana has no knowledge of any director who is a shareholder among all the current suppliers. We have sourced out 25 vehicles from private companies as the organisation endeavours to use locally registered vehicles for its field work operations to avoid any ambiguity and resistance during data collections. However, our experience is that due to the limited availability of the appropriate vehicles required for rental in the Botswana market, companies operating in Botswana that are awarded contracts by Statistics Botswana often seek assistance from their sister companies across the border. Such vehicles are then registered locally prior to use in the field to comply with Statistics Botswana’s requirements,” she added.

When quizzed about the previous recruitment procedure, Setimela said that in their previous surveys including the just ended Agricultural survey, the department recruited field workers through MYSC and the Department of Labour and Home Affairs. “MYSC requested national service district coordinators to recruit TSPs from their various districts while the department of Labour recruited temporary workers in their regions on a first come basis list.

Statistics Botswana did not favour people from Gaborone as the recruitment was done through MYSC and Labour who had the sole mandate to recruit temporary employees,” she explained.

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BMC secures beef market in Seychelles

Dikarabo Ramadubu

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Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) will soon start to sell its beef to the Island of Seychelles. Not only will they sell frozen raw meat, but will also send corned beef for trial in the Island.

All this is thanks to last week’s visit by President Mokgweetsi Masisi who included in his delegation executive management of the BMC, led by Chief Executive Officer, Dr Akolang Tombale.
The agreement signed between BMC and two leading Seychelles companies, will see BMC exporting at least 48 tonnes of raw beef to the island possibly from October. The names of the two companies that BMC signed an agreement with are Seychelles Trading Company which is a quasi-government organisation, and Rosebelle Company which is privately owned.

Although both have agreed to trade with each other, BMC cannot start immediately, as they have to wait for the green light from Seychelles companies who still have to apply for import permits in accordance with the law of their republic.

Speaking to The Midweek Sun, Tombale expressed gratitude that they managed to get good business in Seychelles through the assistance of President Masisi. “We are ready to export any time from now. As you know Seychelles is an island surrounded by mountains and cannot produce much if not anything. “They therefore depend much on imports even from as far as Brazil and Europe. Their economy is driven by tourism and they do not differ much with the European market in terms of the demand for beef as most tourists come from Europe and United States.”

Dr. Tombale said they agreed with the two companies that since “we are not sure about the logistics we will start by selling 24tonnes to each company per month, meaning we will be supplying the Island with a total of 48 tonnes per month. The idea is to start small and grow bigger as the people get used to our beef.” BMC has also negotiated to sell small stock meat to Seychelles and successfully negotiated for local chicken farmers to start selling their range chicken to Seychelles as well.

According to Tombale, he negotiated the deal after being approached by local chicken farmers amongst them Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Balete, who requested that “we should try to find a market for chicken farmers as we go around the world searching for the beef market.” Tombale revealed that for a start both range chickens and small stock will not be supplied in tonnes or large quantities as they will be sold on a trial basis.

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G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

Keletso Thobega

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Multitudes turned up for the Mosengwaketsi community walk and braai session this past Saturday in Gaborone West. The walk was held in the morning and was preceded by football games and a braai session that went on until late in the evening.

According to the event director Tshenolo Palai, the aim of the community day event was to revive community spirit and address crime and social ills. “The Mosengwaketsi community reunion will be held not only to create a platform to build unity but also address the social ill of passion killings,” he said.

Palai said that they had also invited health stakeholders for a wellness segment because they had realised that there are many health related conditions that affect the quality of people’s lives hence they had joined forces with religious organisations, the business community, neighbourhood outreach policing and other stakeholders in the area to encourage a culture of unity and create dialogue between all the parties.

He noted that they had wanted to create a relaxed environment conducive for different people to engage and strengthen their networks. He said they were also concerned with the high rate of crimes of passion in Botswana and also wanted to create a platform for both men and women to open up on issues that affect them because most people tend to be more relaxed in a social setting.

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