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While storytelling is not the only way to engage people with ideas, it’s certainly a critical part of the recipe. A notion that we all grew up with as children from different parts of Botswana and these stories will go a long way as long as we keep telling and sharing them with the world. From our achievements during the Netball World youth Cup, where we have seen all Batswana, blue, black and white coming together as one to support Dinaletsana, from the impacts of the students who died during the Matsha ordeal, to the celebrations of cities and towns that have lived for over 120 years – to sharing our historic heritage as a people, our country’s stories will always remain best told by our people to the outside world.

Tsena Botswana online through the revolution of technology has embraced the opportunity to pave way for reconnecting our people to their culture and heritage, patriotism; aspects of our lives that were feared to have been dying out with the coming of urbanisation. With more people celebrating where they come from, with hopes that this will light a path to where they are going, Tsena has taken the alley ascertain that Botswana’s stories make a part of the global community through an online platform, a view that former American Human Rights activist and Minister, Malcom X supports with his famous quote that, “Armed with the knowledge of our past, we can, with confidence, charter a course for our future.”

A highlight that it is undeniable is that the future belongs to those who embrace technology and all its innovations. The world has gone digital.Botswana has come a long way since independence and is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. There is a lot that we, as Batswana can be proud to celebrate and share with the rest of the world. Through Tsena, a melting pot of all things Botswana.

A vibrant and innovative medium; relies on local content contributors that focus on community interests, providing limitless opportunities to Batswana as a country’s stories best told by its people. Users are able to keep up with local content as it happens, seek employment under the Jobs section, plan for upcoming events and where to grab a bite to eat, whatever your palate desires.

Other features of the portal include the Business Directory and Property pages that allow users to explore what is on offer in different parts of the country, among others. For a Motswana in the diaspora, this is a remedy for being “home sick” as they are able to keep up with what is happening back home. The rest of the world now has a consolidated information hub where they can go to have a better appreciation of our country and its people. In existence for just over a year now, is envisioned to morph into a voice of social digital engagement and interaction. Tsena aspires to grow into a premier source of information and interface of community interaction

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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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