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PPC Botswana has invested more than P1 million towards Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre to support its projects and promote awareness, self reliance and sense of responsibility. Speaking during the horticulture project handover on Thursday, General Manager Tuelo Botlhole said they continue to work with communities in which they operate. He said this was in accord with the country’s national Vision 2036, some of which pillars call for achieving prosperity for all through Sustainable Economic, Human and Social Development.

“PPC Botswana is committed to assisting in the achievement of these national goals. It is for this reason that we have found it fit to partner with the Lady Khama Charitable Trust and the Red Cross to assist in the delivery of this greenhouse facility,” said Botlhole. Botlhole said through PPC donation, Lady Khama Charitable Trust has over the last several years committed to providing assistance to Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre in building the greenhouse tunnels. The centre has also received a fully-fledged borehole that will sustain the horticultural projects undertaken.

Through the project the centre will produce tomatoes which will be sold to the local supermarkets. “It is our hope that the good harvest that comes out of these greenhouse tunnels will go on to improve the sustainability of this great centre which provides some of the most critical services to our community. “I’m reliably informed that there are already some retailers who are willing to purchase the good produce, a move that will help provide the facility with much-needed cash to address daily needs,” he said. Botlhole said their view is that giving back to the public and community is critical in assisting the development and maintenance of community’s livelihood. He appealed to other corporates to participate in sustainable giving.

“It’s our responsibility to ensure that the causes we give to are able to survive beyond the giving. This is the only way that we can avoid a situation where projects lack longevity and fail to achieve their intended purpose,” he said. Botswana Red Cross Society Secretary General Mabel Koketso said Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre was established in 1974 with the aim of improving lives of people living with disabilities. “It is also the Centre’s aim to build human resource potential in the community by including people living with disabilities, their families and community members,” she said. Currently the Centre houses 90 trainees who specialise in horticulture or textile training for two years.

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OLOPENG HEAPS PRAISE ON BSE FINANCE CHALLENGE

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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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WE ARE NOT USING DIAMONDS TO KILL ELEPHANTS, THAT’S HOGWASH! – BOTSWANA MINISTER

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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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