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Baboki Kayawe
  • Dikgosi propose stiffer tobacco levy

    Dikgosi say the tobacco levy should be raised to the level of the alcohol levy as both products have the same impact on public health. The traditional leaders aired these views yesterday at a meeting with anti-tobacco lobby group, Anti-Tobacco...

  • Expatriate medical specialists outnumber locals

    The Minister of Health and Wellness, Dorcas Makgato told the august House when responding to a question by specially elected Member of Parliament (MP), Mephato Reatile.  The MP had also requested a breakdown of citizens and expatriate medical...

  • Govít Bans Export Of Donkey Products

    The Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security released a communication last week announcing the indefinite suspension of export licences for donkeys and their products. The Ministry cited concern on the “indiscriminate and cruel...

  • GTC students left in the lurch

    Three programmes have been adversely affected by the repeated course extensions namely Diploma in Hospitality Management, Diploma in Travel Management and Diploma in Culinary Arts in the process frustrating the student community some of whom enrolled...

  • Moswaane, Tuelo relationship turns sour

    Tuelo’s close relationship with Moswaane became public in 2013 when the legislator launched the Monarch Community Development Centre (MCDC) branch in Francistown West. It has now emerged that the two Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) activists...

  • UB enrollments drop 23%, revenues face south

    The recently released report, covering the financial year to March 31, 2016 indicates enrollments at the institution fell from 18,176 in 2014 to 14,040 in 2016, leading the UB to deficits. According to the report, during the year under review, the...

  • GTC, other college students win progression fight

    The students, represented by the Student Representative Council (SRC) have written to the ministry on numerous occasions querying the decision. Last year, the construction and electrical engineering students under the City and Guilds programmes paid...

  • Special needs centres grossly under-resourced

    The Botswana Society for Human Development (BSHD) had convened a speech and communication disorder forum convened by at the University of Botswana over the weekend. Authorities at the Community Resource Centre say this has escalated costs of special...

  • Speech disorders on the rise in pre-schools

    In 2001, speech impairments accounted for about 10% of the population living with disabilities in Botswana. The Botswana Society for Human Development (BSHD), a local NGO, plans to convene an array of specialists in the field of speech and...

  • Retrenchment turns ugly at BPC

    The retrenchment is part of restructuring under the Masa2020 strategy within which the BPC expects to return to profitability in three years’ time.  New CEO, Stefan Schwarzfischer and an overhauled team of executives are leading the...

  • Foreign affairs distances itself from Dalai Lama visit

    Appearing before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), foreign affairs permanent secretary, Gaeimelwe Goitsemang, said government supports the long standing “One China” Policy, and Botswana would not breach biletaral relations between the...

  • PSLE exam subjects to be shredded to four

    The announcement was made recently at the just-ended education pitso that was held in Maun. The decision, which is yet to be finalised will see only Mathematics, English, Science and Setswana being examined for PSLE. Agriculture, Social Studies and...

  • BOSETU, DPSM reach settlement

    The lawyers representing the two parties are currently in the process of compiling a settlement. Lobatse Judge Godfrey Nthomiwa has given time to engage on terms and return to court on August 7, 2017. As part of the negotiation process, union members...

  • NACA boss claims ignorance on prison sex

    Members particularly wanted to know whether the agency’s campaigns extended to prisons, where gay sex is reportedly rife.  Squeezed for an answer, Matlhare dithered on a direct response, before balking on whether NACA was aware of sexual...

  • BOSETU sues over scarce skills

    The case before Judge Godfrey Nthomiwa is about what the teacher union terms discrimination against their members whom they believe deserve to be paid scarce skills given that the many Business Studies and Accounting teachers employed in junior and...

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