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16 956 graduates remain unemployed

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Unemployment rate in Botswana has declined slightly in the past five years with the latest records standing at 17.7 percent for the years 2015/16. According to the Multi-Topic Household Survey results released by Statistics Botswana yesterday, overall unemployment rates were estimated at 17.7 percent for the population aged 15 years and above and 17.6 percent for population aged 18 years and above.

Overall unemployment rate was highest in 2008 at 26.2 percent and it declined drastically to 17 percent from 2009 to 2010. The figures also show that from 2010 to 2011 the rate increased to 20 percent and has remained steady until 2013. Presenting the results, Statistician General Anna Majelantle said the survey was conducted over a year because it included the agriculture sector, which is seasonal. “Everyone who ploughs has the means of income because he can sell the field products so we classified them as employed population,” said Majelantle.

Unemployed population aged 15 years and above was estimated at 149 300 persons. This comprised 68, 535 males and 80, 765 females. The youth aged 15 to 35 years unemployment rate was estimated at 25.2 percent with the female youths being the highest at 26.9 percent compared to 23.6 percent for male youths. The survey findings also indicate that, overall employment includes individuals who during a specified short reference period did some work either for payment in cash or in kind.

These included those who were in self-employment for profit or family gain as well as persons temporarily absent from these activities. Majelantle said the set of indicators derived from the BMTS are to provide baseline information that will be tracked on annual basis to inform the poverty eradication strategy and programmes. “Poverty eradication and employment creation are the priority areas for the government so this information will help the policy makers to make well informed decisions,” she said.

The majority of the unemployed population was highest for people with junior certificate at 39.4 percent followed by those with senior secondary school at 22.8 percent and primary education with 14.8 percent. Maajelantle said that in all instances, the females had the highest numbers compared to males. Furthermore, the unemployed university and college graduates was estimated at 11.4 percent representing 16 956 people in the overall population.

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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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