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Ntime on course to building a motorbike factory

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An engineer in the making, Bakang Ntime, 26, aspires to have a quad bike factory one good day. He is confident that he has done enough research regarding the motor bike and is ready to make as many as possible in the future for his dream business. Ntime’s motto is that ‘business should not always be about profit, but about perfection towards the product’. He subscribes to the slogan, ‘never give up’. Growing up he always had a passion for motorbikes but never had a chance to own one until he decided to do it for himself.

He started in 2012 by picking metals in the yard and designing them to suit the shape of his bikes. Not a single person took him seriously until his motorbike could start and move like a real one. Ntime was spotted with his interesting motorbike at Pick Me up Youth Fair programme, this past Friday in Kopong. He said although his motorbike might not look the best in the eyes of people, it is the best he has so far made from the numerous that he has made before. “It was not easy when I started but, being determined pushed me to strive for excellence. All I can say right now is that I understand a motorbike so well and safety is my number one priority, which is why I am even still researching,” he said.

The young man has decided to enrol with Kgatleng Brigade Centre where he is studying Welding and Fabrications. The idea is to gain more experience on metals so that he can practice higher safety in his work. Although he still has challenges with materials, Ntime is confident that his motorbike workshop will be fully operational one day. His plan is to make standard motorbikes for clients. The idea is to also reduce traffic congestion on the roads.

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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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