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Debswana donates classrooms to Orapa CJSS

Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa mines (OLDM) handed over four fully furnished classrooms built at a total cost of P3.7 million to Orapa Junior Secondary School.

Speaking at the official opening last Friday, Orapa JSS head, Kolobetso Seabe was quick to thank Debswana for the generous donation.

“We are glad they came up with a plan to give us the four classrooms. Before, we had two classrooms taught in the dining room, one in the pavilion and the other one literally outside!” she said, adding Debswana’s generosity would help the school deliver quality education.

“Our percentage pass rate in 2019 will increase; we believe excellence is when you improve,” reflected Seabe.

For his part, OLDM General Manager, Bakani Motlhabani urged the school to celebrate the milestone with the knowledge that despite the various challenges experienced, they remain ‘an institution of excellence’ in both academics and extracurricular activities.

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LEADING THE WAY: OLDM General Manager Motlhabani

“We embrace a culture of high performance at our workplace and we are proud to be associated with such extraordinary performance shown by Orapa JSS. I urge the students to take care of the resources and stop vandalising the school property,” added Motlhabani.

Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, Mmetla Masire noted that despite the infrastructural challenges the school has faced over the years, Orapa JSS is constantly at the top of academic excellence in Botswana.

“On that note I wish to take this moment to pay tribute to teachers and students, past and present, who have had to endure the difficulties of learning in the most challenging circumstances yet produce great academic results,” he said, adding the new classroom blocks would reduce congestion and improve the quality of learning.

Masire continued that the government is trying its best to provide infrastructural development and basic necessities across the country but due to budgetary constraints is not able to meet all the demands.

“In light of these tough economic conditions, I wish to challenge other corporates to join forces with government, invest more on key strategic areas such as education so that we prepare our people to be competitive in the global village,” said the Permanent Secretary.

He closed by urging students to refrain from alcohol and substance abuse, sexual activity, early marriages, pregnancies and drugs as they can lead to poor performance at school.

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Letlole La Rona suspends CEO

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Letlole La Rona (LLR), a property company listed on the Botswana Stock Limited (BSEL), on Tuesday moved to suspend its Chief Executive Officer, Chikuni Shenjere-Mutiswa.

His suspension, according to a notice to shareholders, follows preliminary findings arising from an investigation into issues relating to the company’s Long-term Incentive Plan.

Mutiswa who was appointed LLR CEO in June 2018, is said to have been suspended with full benefits pending the outcome of the full investigations.

Commenting on the latest developments, LLR Board Chairperson, Boitumelo Mogopa noted good governance remains sacrosanct to the board and all staff of the company.

“The preliminary findings of the possible misconduct arising from the investigations relate to the circumstances around the company’s Long-term Incentive Plan during or around March this year and possible acts or omissions by an individual in a unique position of power,” said Mogopa.

Mogopa said this by no means reflects the integrity of the board, financial performance and company portfolio.

“For us, it remains business as usual as the due process takes its course,” said Mogopa.

Meanwhile, the board has in the interim appointed Botshelo Mokotedi to hold the fort on an acting basis while investigations continue.

Mokotedi is seconded from Botswana Development Corporation (BDC) – a major shareholder in LLR – where he is the Head of Risk.

He is described as a forward-thinking, highly motivated and results-oriented individual with more than a decade experience in the financial services sector across a variety of senior roles, including Business Development, Credit Analysis as well as Portfolio and Risk Management.

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COVID-19 relief fund gets a boost

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COVID-19 relief fund gets a boost

Limkokwing University, Caltex donate over P1. 2 million

Various companies and organizations on Wednesday donated over P1.2 million to the Covid-19 Relief Fund.

Among those who contributed to the fund was Astron Energy Botswana, a leading supplier of petroleum products that operates Caltex filling stations.

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RECEIVING DONATIONS: Vice President Tsogwane accepts a donation from Caltex (Astron Energy)

Presenting a P100 000 cheque donation to the Vice President Slumber Tsogwane, Astron Energy Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Buno noted that given the spirit of unity displayed by Batswana during this difficult time, the country will prevail against the challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We continue to recognise the priceless need to comply with all regulations to ensure that we do our part through our storage depot operations and our network of Caltex branded filling stations,” said Buno.

The biggest contributor of the day, however, was, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT), who handed over a P1.2 million dummy cheque towards the relief Fund.

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BIG CONTRIBUTION: Limkokwing University of Creative Technology donates big to the COVID-19 Relief Fund

The institution’s Head of Public Relations, Mercy Thebe highlighted that the donation was a personal contribution from the University founder and President, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Paduka Limkokwing.

Thebe also noted that the P1.2 million consisted of P500, 000 cash, P300, 000 worth of creative content, P200, 000 worth of face masks and a scholarship to the underprivileged for the 2020 Academic Year.

Other organizations that contributed to the fund included the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM), which gave P105, 000, the Muslim Association of Botswana Molepolole branch with P56, 550, Southern District Beef Producers Association which donated P50, 000 and Taurus Batteries who put P150, 000 in the kitty.

Receiving the donations, Vice President, Slumber Tsogwane thanked all the organizations for bolstering government relief efforts to fight the Covid-19 by donating generously to the fund.

“It is symbolic in the sense that it reminds us that the war is still on,” said the VP, adding that by making these generous donations, both individuals and organizations are contributing towards winning the fight against the pandemic.

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