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Liberty launches Business-in-a Box

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Liberty Life Botswana this week launched an exciting reveal, ‘Business-in-a Box’ which is a web enabling system used by agents to capture clients’ information to the system. Business in a Box, a ‘plug and play’ offers a complete suite of services especially useful in peri-urban areas, comprising of a laptop and other data capturing tools such as scanners for bank statements, pay slips, Identity Cards, biometric scanner and a printer amongst other components.

It provides everything on the spot so there’s no need to go to the office. As part of Liberty’s 2020 Strategy, the company strives to be a market leader in technology by continuing to launch more innovative, market leading insurance products, and increasing the quality and quantity of its omni-channel touch-points. Speaking at the launch this Tuesday morning, Liberty’s Head of Business Development, Kgomotso Disele said, “the main aim is to offer financial inclusion as one of the main objectives; being able to go to remote areas and offer insurance solutions to normal Motswana.

“We do not want to be constrained to reach out to our clientele. The other key component of this service is to offer prompt service- we do not want to compromise our services. We are committed to providing instant service.”

This will also help bridge the gap of education among Liberty’s clients, as it brings the advantages of knowing how to process a claim, the terms and conditions of the product. Bank of Botswana together with the regulator NBFIRA and other financial regulatory bodies, have put out a massive call to corporates to play a bigger role in financial literacy to reduce household debt, and to all play their part in protecting the sustainability and stability of the national financial system. Liberty, which currently has only 45 agents has secured two of the Business-in-a-Box kit and is aiming to increase to five atleast by the year 2018.

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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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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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