Mohlabi Kenneth Tsekoa has served as a Cabinet Minister across various ministries within the government of Lesotho, including Finance, Education and Foreign Affairs, the latter his last cabinet position, in which he served from 2007-2015. He has also held diplomatic positions, such as High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ambassador to Ireland, Spain and Portugal. Early in his public service career, Tsekoa served in various capacities within the Ministry of Education, including positions of Principal Secretary and Deputy Principal Secretary within the Ministry.
Orefitlhetse ‘Ore’ Catherine Masire holds a Masters degree in Strategic Management (University of Derby) and a BSc. in Business Administration and Human Resource Management from Auburn University, USA. Her professional career can be characterised as one of service to the small and medium sized business sector of Botswana. Whilst at BOCCIM, she pioneered national training programmes for the SMME community, managed the BOCCIM – USAID relationship and spearheaded the delivery of the USAID enabled Botswana Workforce and Skills Training programme and Private Enterprise Development Project. In 2001, Ore founded The Office Manager, a nationally distributed publication for which she served as Executive Editor.
She is currently Founding Director of Career Diversity, offering human resource consulting services at a national level and a Shareholder / Director at Laurelton Diamonds Botswana, a DeBeers Sightholder. She holds other Executive roles of various entities like: Women In Business Association, Labour and Immigrants Selection Board, BOTA Quality Assurance Board, University Of Botswana Foundation Dinner Committee(till 2010), Botswana Defence Force Women’s Club President(till July 2012), Catholic Women’s League and NITT Advisory Council, Stanbic Bank Board member.
A Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife, Naomi Mmapelo Seboni (PhD) is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the WHO Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) for Nursing and Midwifery Development in Sub Saharan Africa at the University of Botswana’s School of Nursing. She started her career at the UB in 1981 as a Staff Development Fellow in the then Department of Nursing Education and rose through the ranks over the years, including stints as Senior Lecturer and as Head of the School of Nursing.
Over the years, she has published various articles, on the development and training of nurses and midwives, in reputable journals. In 2014, she received an award from the Nurses Association of Botswana for her contribution to nursing and midwifery in Botswana and in 2006, the University of California-San Francisco selected her among faculty and former students to be on their 100 years of School of Nursing Existence Wall of Fame.
Emeritus Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Paul Evans also holds The Shell Chair of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Emeritus. Paul Evans has a PhD in Management and Organisational Psychology from MIT, an MBA from INSEAD, and he is a graduate in law from Cambridge University. He is an Academic Director of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index, in partnership with HCLI Singapore and Adecco. For many years, he built up and directed INSEAD's Executive Education seminars on Management of People and Human Resource Management in Asia, as well as Managerial Skills for International Business.
For many years, he led INSEAD's activities in the field of international human resource management, and he has been a Chair of the Organisational Behaviour faculty area for successive periods. British by nationality, raised in Africa, and international by orientation, he has taught courses at Boston University, MIT, l'Université de Montréal, Stockholm School of Economics, the University of Zurich, and Cornell University, as well as spent a year as a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California and as a Visiting Professor at London Business School.
Dr. Helen Kay Raseroka has worked in the library and information service sector for over two decades, making immense contributions both locally and internationally. Dr. Raseroka has served as a Director of Library and Information Services at the University of Botswana, a position she left in 2010. She served as President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the first candidate from Africa to do so, between 2003 and 2005. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications. She was a founding member of Botswana Library Association and regionally, the founding chairperson of the Standing Conference of National and University Librarians of East, Central and Southern Africa. (INASP).
She has also served as a Board Member of CODE Canada, an international literacy for children that works with partners in the developing world to support a sustainable literate environment and served as a member of the NOMA Award for African Publishing and founded the Botswana Children’s Information trust. She has devoted more than thirty five years to promoting the importance of oral information and learning systems in indigenous communities. In recognition of her contributions, she was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Laws of the University of Alberta (Canada). Currently, she is serving as a member of a multidisciplinary research team working towards the formulation of the National Indigenous Knowledge Systems Policy.
Philemon Themba Ramatsui has many years of experience working within different levels of the education field. He has served as a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, responsible for Ministry Management, Vocational Education and Training, Student Placement and Welfare, Curriculum Development and Evaluation and other departments within the Ministry. Between 2004 and 2009, he held the position of Director of Quality Assurance and Regulation, a directorate within the Tertiary Education Council.
He has lent his expertise in the education field as a consultant in various consultancy projects, including a survey on “The Status of Quality Assurance Processes in Higher Education Institutions in Lesotho.” Ramatsui is a member of the Botswana Educational Research Association (BERA) and the Southern African Comparative and History of Education Society (SACHES). He holds an MEd (Educational Evaluation) from the University of Ibadan (Nigeria) and a BSc(Physics and Chemistry) from the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland.
Lesotho Institute of Accountants (LIA) and Botho University (BU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to cement a partnership on the training of Lesotho Professional Accounting Programmes. Under this agreement Botho University shall provide tuition for Lesotho Professional Accounting Programme (LePAP), a professional accountancy programme developed by LIA while LIA shall be responsible for the management of examinations for the same programme.
The two institutions, both having education and training mandates; one for the determination of competencies for education and training of aspiring accountants and one for provision of tuition for higher education sub sector, have decided to forge closer relations as partners.
The signing of the MOU was held at a cocktail event at AVANI Lesotho on Tuesday 13th November 2018, attended by stakeholders known to both LIA and Botho University in the public and private sector. The relationship between LIA and BU began early this year when the LIA approached Botho University for a partnership on the training of LePAP, which the university welcomed with open arms. LIA chose Botho University because the institution already has successful professional accounting programmes that are run in Botswana and are recognized by global professional accountancy bodies, which made Maseru Campus an obvious choice to train the next calibre of professional accountants.
The training of the first cohort of students under this partnership began this academic year (2018/2019) with forty one students enrolled to the fully sponsored LePAP programme. The end goal of this programme is to graduate a fully-fledged, well recognized, industry relevant and professional Chartered Accountants.
This collaboration will go a long way in ensuring quality provision of LePAP thus increasing the number of competent accountants in the country.
KHOTSO! PULA! NALA!
The Botho University Entrepreneurship Development Unit, under the Student and Alumni Affairs Department, hosted the third annual eLab ideas pitching platform on the 12th of November 2018, where interested students and alumni presented their business ideas and the best considered to be part of the third cohort of the eLab residents.
The e-Lab is an initiative that aims to help the Botho University students and alumni identify practical applications to current issues, problems, and needs. It is also where students across the curricular come together to share ideas, access resources, and come up with innovative approaches to problem solving. The e-Lab includes activities a speaker series with alumni entrepreneurs and other members of our entrepreneurship community, training workshops focused on relevant skills, and field trips, where necessary, to connect with the broader startup community across Botswana. In addition, it identifies mentors and incubates, connects and supports outstanding student-entrepreneurs and facilitates their success beyond Botho University, into the community. This is done through activities or opportunities like providing office space and secretarial services, hosting pep talks with real entrepreneurs, mentorship sessions and experiential training.
In her opening remarks, Aravinda Ram, DPVC—Technology and Employability welcomed the judges, speakers and attendees to the event and gave an overview on the eLab and what the lab hopes to achieve. The guest speakers on the day were Mr. Base Sebonego, who is the founder and CEO at Mosele Legal Services and Ms. Jennifer Fuller the founder and Managing Director of Fullertimes Int and Family Gems BW who gave pep talks on entrepreneurship in general and what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. The speakers also gave advice to the aspiring entrepreneurs on the importance of thorough introspection before starting the entrepreneurship journey, to verify their passion and whether they are really cut out to be in that space.
Ten ideas were presented on the day: an online class on coding, Aquarium Restaurant, Road Accident Alert App, Simple Shoe Care, Locally manufactured toothpicks, Uber for laundry, Automatic Electricity Purchase, Amusement Park, Crypto Cyber Forensics Security Services and Baobab Food Products. After hearing the pitches, the judges asked presenters questions to clearly understand the ideas and then advised accordingly. The three ideas that won on the day to become part of the eLab are Corner Block, Uber for Laundry and Automatic Electricity Purchase. The three were not the only winners on the day because the Simple Shoe Care owner was offered a sponsorship by Mr. Base Sebonego which included a trip to Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa to benchmark on other businesses operating there and the startup capital to open the first shop. Another offer on the day was to Automatic Electricity Purchase; Mr. Base Sebonego invited the owner to have a meeting with him to talk more about his business idea.
Overall, the event was a successful one, with advice by the industry captains with different business experiences.
Botho University’s Faculty of Health and Education Research Conference (FHERC) held a Health and Education Research conference on Thursday 8th November 2018, at Botho University – Gaborone Campus, under the theme: Roles of Health and Education for sustainable growth and development in Africa. Under consideration during the conference were mainly 8 sub-themes that are as follows:
- Primary Health and Sustainable Development
- Health Education and Development
- Education and Preventive health
- The nexus between Education, Poverty and Health
- Education Technology and Health
- Health Information Systems
- Outcome-based Education and Sustainable Development
- Educational Technologies
Vice Chancellor of Botho University Mrs. Sheela Ram delivered the welcome address, after which Dr. Tiny Masupe, from the Department of Family Med & Public Health, University of Botswana delivered the keynote address. Dr. Masupe talked about the role of education in insuring good health, the need for inter-professional collaboration between health practitioners and the need for health professional to be change agents as health care is very dynamic.
There were 22 papers presented overall, 6 of which were from FHE final year students as well as 12 from Botho University staff and 4 from outside/industry. These presentations were conducted in parallel sessions in Otse Theatre 1 and 3 with an attendance of 53 presenters and 50 delegates.
The day was interesting to the students in attendance and academic researchers from different institutions as they interacted by posing questions to the presenters.