Archive for the ‘Speeches’ Category

source: Republic of Botswana (17/3/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 7 of 2009
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President
“Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

B1) 12/3/09: STATEMENT BY H.E. LT. GEN. SERETSE KHAMA IAN KHAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA, AT A STATE BANQUET HOSTED IN HIS HONOUR ON THE OCCASSION OF THE CELEBRATION OF THE 41st ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE OF MAURITIUS, PORT LOUIS, MAURITIUS

The Right Honourable Prime Minister, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam and Madam Veena Brizmohum [Salutations]… Ladies and Gentlemen,

1. Let me begin by expressing my gratitude to you Honourable Prime Minister for the warm welcome extended to me and my delegation since our arrival in your beautiful country. It is indeed a special honour and privilege for me to have been invited to your beautiful island state on this happy occasion marking the 41st Anniversary of Independence and this also marks my first ever visit to Mauritius.

2. As an anniversary is an occasion for reflection – for looking back and looking ahead – I am particularly delighted to [continue reading]

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source: Republic of Botswana (25/1/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 1 of 2009
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

B3) 10/12/08: Statement by the Minister of Communications, Science and Technology on the Second Reading in Parliament of Bill No 15 of 2008: MEDIA PRACTITIONERS’ BILL

1. Honourable Speaker, I presented the Media Practitioner’s Bill during the last meeting of this House. The debate that followed, both in the House and in the public media, bore testimony to the democratic culture and processes that exist in this country, as well as the tradition of consultation. I withdrew the Bill in order to assure myself that absolutely no stone was left unturned to engage with Batswana, and especially the main stakeholders of this Bill, the media fraternity, to give their input into the Bill.

2. Several months have elapsed since I stood in this House and in that time we have all had an opportunity to reflect on the Bill and to devise ways in [continue reading]

source: REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA – OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
26/12/08 – Tautona Times Holiday Special

Below please find below transcripts in English (1) and Setswana (2) of H.E. the President’s Christmas Day and New Year’s message to the nation:

1) CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR MESSAGE TO THE NATION BY H.E. LT. GEN. SERETSE KHAMA IAN KHAMA PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA – DECEMBER 2008

1. Bagaetsho! As we come to the end of another eventful year, it is a pleasure for me to have this opportunity to wish each and everyone a safe and pleasant holiday season.

2. For many of us this day holds a special significance as the anniversary of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, a pivotal event for believers that marks a transformative moment in humanity’s existence.

3. For all of us, this can also be a time of new beginnings, as we come together to enjoy an annual break from life’s routine.

4. As many of us have the pleasure of returning to our home villages; and as we find comfort and draw strength in [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (16/12/08): TAUTONA TIMES no 41 of 2008
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

B4) 10/12/08: Statement by the Minister of Communications, Science and Technology on the Second Reading in Parliament of Bill No 15 of 2008: MEDIA PRACTITIONERS’ BILL

1. Honourable Speaker, I presented the Media Practitioner’s Bill
during the last meeting of this House. The debate that followed, both in the House and in the public media, bore testimony to the democratic culture and processes that exist in this country, as well as the tradition of consultation. I withdrew the Bill in order to assure myself that absolutely no stone was left unturned to engage with Batswana, and especially the main stakeholders of this Bill, the media fraternity, to give their input into the Bill.

2. Several months have elapsed since [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (16/12/08): TAUTONA TIMES no 41 of 2008
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

D. OP THIS WEEK IN PARLIAMENT – Q & A

Responses to Questions in Parliament by the Hon. Ministers for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration and Defence, Justice and Security

I. Questions answered in Parliament by the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, the Hon. Daniel Kwelagobe:

D1) 12/12/08: QUESTION NO 248 ASKED BY HON. A. MAGAMA, MP (GABORONE
SOUTH)

To ask the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration to state the total amount of money spent by President Khama and his entourage when the President attended the meeting of the Board of Conservation International in the United States of America, inclusive of aviation fuel costs and landing fees.

ANSWER

Mr. Speaker, the total amount of money spent by his Excellency the President, Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama and his entourage to attend the meeting of [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (16/12/08): TAUTONA TIMES no 41 of 2008
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

B1) 15/12/08: KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY HIS HONOUR THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA, LT. GENERAL MOMPATI S. MERAFHE, MP, AT THE MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT FUND – 21st ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, MAHALAPYE

[Salutation]…Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, Good Morning to you all.

1. Ke a lo dumedisa! This important occasion is yet another milestone in a series of activities to mark the MVA Fund’s Twenty First Anniversary celebrations. Your marathon of activities in many areas of this country during the last few months which is [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (6/12/08): TAUTONA TIMES no 40 of 2008
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

B6) 1/12/08: STATEMENT BY HON. MINISTER OF DEFENCE, JUSTICE AND SECURITY PRESENTING BOTSWANA REPORT TO UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNIL WORKING GROUP

Please find below Statement by the Hon. Minister for Defence, justice and Security at the UN Human Rights Council working Group Periodic Review as well as further response by the Minster. Please also note that this is an annual exercise in which all UN member states are expected to undertake.

[START]: Statement by Hon. Dikgakgamatso N. Seretse, Minister for Defence, Justice and Security on Presenting the Botswana National Report to the United Nations Human Rights Council Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review:

Mr. President, Distinguished Members of the TROIKA, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen.

1. It is with great pleasure that I appear before this august body to present and introduce Botswana’s National Report to the Human Rights Council’s Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review. The preparation of the report has been an [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (6/12/08): TAUTONA TIMES no 40 of 2008
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

D. OP THIS WEEK IN PARLIAMENT – Q & A

Responses to Questions in Parliament by the Hon. Ministers for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration and Defence, Justice and Security

I. Questions answered in Parliament by the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, the Hon. Daniel Kwelagobe:

QUESTION NO 214 asked by Mr. D. Saleshando, MP (Gaborone Central)

To ask the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration:-

– to state whether or not the Vision Council has adopted any tool to monitor progress in attaining the pillars of Vision 2016; and
– to further state what progress has been made for each pillar and areas where the nation is lagging behind.

ANSWER

Mr. Speaker, the Vision Council has a [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (16/11/08): TAUTONA TIMES no 37 of 2008
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

B2) 10/11/08: REMARKS BY THE MINISTER OF YOUTH, SPORT AND CULTURE HON. GLADYS T. K. KOKORWE, MP. AT THE OPENING OF THE 2008 BOTSWANA- INDIA CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL

[Salutations]…Distinguished guests Ladies and Gentlemen

1. The gathering here this evening is a celebration of the Botswana-India relations which go back a long way ever since the attainment of Independence for the two Republics. The relationship has always been and continues to be characterised by very warm relations founded on true friendship, common purpose, mutual respect and understanding as well as commitment to global peace and prosperity.

2. It is therefore not surprising that we are gathered here today to celebrate this great partnership in [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (16/11/08): TAUTONA TIMES no 37 of 2008
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

B1) 15/11/08: REMARKS BY HIS HONOUR LT. GENERAL MOMPATI S. MERAFHE, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA AT THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE MABUTSANE SUB-DISTRICT FAIR TO COMMEMORATE PILLARS 2 & 3 OF NATIONAL VISION 2016, MAOKANE VILLAGE

[Salutations]…Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen

1. Bagaetsho ke a lo dumedisa. Today we are gathered here, over two hundred kilometres from the capital city, to bear witness first hand how the Mabutsane Sub-District is gearing itself to be part of that national effort to make Vision 2016 a reality that it should be. This is the spirit that we need as a people if we are to be A Productive, Prosperous and Innovative Nation by 2016. I am therefore delighted to be in your midst today.

2. Director of ceremonies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I note with utmost sense of appreciation that [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (07/11/08): TAUTONA TIMES no 36 of 2008
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

B2) 3/11/08: KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO THE KALAHARI CONSERVATION SOCIETY’S 2008 DINNER DANCE ON THE THEME ‘MEETING ENVIRONMENTAL AND DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGES IN BOTSWANA’ BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA – LT. GEN.S.K.I. KHAMA ON THE 31ST OCTOBER 2008 – GICC- GABORONE

[Salutations]…Ladies and Gentlemen

1. It is my pleasure tonight to address the Kalahari Conservation Society 2008 Dinner Dance on the theme ‘meeting environmental and development challenges in Botswana’. You may all be aware of my previous role in the affairs of KCS and various conservation institutions. Not all of you might understand trends and stages in the evolution of conservation, but rest assured that you made the right decision to be here tonight as the event presents you a perfect moment to be associated with the environmental conservation movement in Botswana.

2. Let me say how proud and pleased I am to be The Patron of the Kalahari Conservation Society and I believe that my passion and vision for the environment will be [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (3/11/08): TAUTONA TIMES no 35 Special Edition

STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY Lt. GEN. SERETSE KHAMA IAN KHAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA, TO THE OPENING OF THE FIFTH SESSION OF THE NINTH PARLIAMENT – “Empowering the Nation through Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

INTRODUCTION

1. Mr. Speaker, I am grateful for the opportunity to give this
Honourable Assembly an assessment of our nation’s achievements and challenges, in this my first State of the Nation Address, which will also be the last before the next general election.

2. We should, however, recognise that addressing the needs of
Batswana cannot be limited to the activities of Government alone. The ability to move forward ultimately rests with all of us. Our national anthem rightly affirms that our land is a gift from God – but our nation’s progress did not fall from heaven – it is the product of human efforts to achieve common goals. Only by continuing to work together shall we overcome our most daunting challenges, while achieving our highest aspirations.

3. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of interacting with
fellow citizens from different areas and walks of life around the country, in the process deepening my own appreciation of the [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (7/9/08): TAUTONA TIMES no 26 of 2008
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

B1) 24/10/08: REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA, LIEUTENANT GENERAL SERETSE KHAMA IAN KHAMA AT THE OFFICIAL COMMISSIONING OF THE NTIMBALE DAM PROJECT:

[Salutations]…Ladies and Gentlemen

1. Today marks an important milestone in the history of water supply in this country, particularly in the North East District. For as we conduct the official commissioning of the Ntimbale dam and associated infrastructure, we also take cognisance of the other works carried out to improve the water supply situation in the District, namely the Maitengwe well-field and associated infrastructure, as well as reticulation network to all the villages to ensure that water does get to the people.

2. I need not remind you about the scarcity of water in Botswana. Acute water shortages affect people’s livelihoods and also impacts negatively on development projects.

3. While still struggling with finding sustainable sources for [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (01/11/08): TAUTONA TIMES no 34 of 2008
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

B2) 28/10/08: KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE MINISTER FOR PRESIDENTIAL AFFAIRS AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION HON DANIEL K. KWELAGOBE ON THE ROLL OUT OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE CUSTOMER SERVICE STANDARDS AT JWANENG

[Salutations]…Ladies and Gentlemen

1. It is indeed a great pleasure to be addressing you today. As the Minister responsible for the Public Administration portfolio it is my duty amongst others to ensure that the Public Service delivers efficiently and effectively.

2. As you all know we are meeting against the backdrop of a new administration. President Lt General Seretse Khama Ian Khama in his inaugural address made a commitment to improve the delivery of public services and in line with this commitment, a number of initiatives have been introduced and are being implemented by [continue reading]

source: Republic of Botswana (25/10/08): TAUTONA TIMES no 33 of 2008
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

B2) 23/10/08: REMARKS BY HIS HONOUR THE VICE PRESIDENT, LT. GEN. MOMPATI S. MERAFHE, MP, ON THE OCASSION OF THE OFFICIAL OPENNING OF THE PALAPYE BRANCH OF STANBIC BANK AT THE PALAPYE DEVELOPMENT TRUST MALL

[Salutations]…Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

1. Allow me at the onset to express my gratitude to the Managing Director of Stanbic Bank and his team for inviting me to officially open this Palapye Branch of Stanbic Bank. I am informed that the Palapye Branch will now be one of the seven in the country.

2. We all know that Stanbic Bank is a relatively new comer to Botswana having opened the first operation in 1992. However, with operations in 18 African countries and 20 in the rest of the world, it is not by any measure a small financial institution.

3. The Standard Bank Group of South Africa of which Stanbic Bank is a member, is a very well [continue reading]