Some Batswana students jetted outside the country this week for an intensive training on dairy production, courtesy of MilkAfric.
This Tuesday, the company, which is developing a dairy project in Lobatse with the local town council, hosted a send-off for fifteen Batswana students going to the University of Florida, USA, to begin the MilkAfric Dairymen Training Programme.
The students are part of the human capital investment in Botswana by MilkAfric. Training costs, MilkAfric pays for subsistence, and travel, and the students have each signed contractual agreements for future employment with MilkAfric.
“We are excited by the sustainable investment that we are making through the apprenticeship of the fifteen, young Batswana Dairymen trainees. Upon their return, these trainees will be well-equipped and competent in all aspects of dairy management,” said the excited MilkAfric CEO, Phil Matibe.
The company is also sponsoring five Ministry of Agriculture dairy officers, out of the fifteen students, to train in the same programme in the United States. Upon their successful completion, they will return to the Ministry of Agriculture to engage in dairy extension work across Botswana helping small-holder farmers in developing viable dairy enterprises.
The Dairymen students will be trained in all aspects of dairy management within the milking facilities at Alliance Dairies. On any given day, they will have an opportunity to interact with twelve thousand milking cows and all the supporting staff at Alliance Dairies, including world-class animal science professors from the University of Florida.
OLOPENG HEAPS PRAISE ON BSE FINANCE CHALLENGE
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.
WE ARE NOT USING DIAMONDS TO KILL ELEPHANTS, THAT’S HOGWASH! – BOTSWANA MINISTER
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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