With a strong focus on the responsibilities of a 100% wholly government owned organization, Botswana Fibre Networks holds a high regard for the social and livelihood issues and proactively takes part in community welfare on the back of our expertise and technical strengths. We are reputable in Corporate Social Responsibility projects aimed at assisting, benefitting and empowering marginalized individuals and communities. BoFiNet utilizes resources to benefit and uplift communities in such a way that the quality of life is generally improved and safe guarded. Over the past years, we have invested in the following Corporate Social Investment portfolios;
Botswana Fibre Networks has been contributing towards sporting codes particularly in softball and chess. Since 2014, BoFiNet has been the main sponsors of the BoFiNet Softball League and the BISA games through the Botswana Softball Association. The sponsorship included, coaches training, development of youth, awards, prize money and infrastructure development. Through the years, we have seen the National Diamond stadium refurbished with floodlights and VIP stands.
Computers and internet were over the years donated to various schools, Kgotlas and Home Based Centers which has since become a major part of learning activities and are used for researches, as well as the development of IT skills. Our donations have since made a positive difference in the way people do things. BoFiNet has donated ICT resources and telecommunications equipment to among others Bobonong Home Based Care Centre, Kgomodiatshaba Primary School, Seronga Kgotla, Lesirane Primary School, 2018 Nxakato Best student in JC, and many others. In partnership with contractors who are engaged by BoFiNet to deploy fiber in various areas across the country, we have donated an outdoor gym for Tsabong community. We also introduced developments to Mathathane and Molalatau Primary schools where the contractor for the Selebi Phikwe to Mathathane project donated fully networked computer labs with desks and chairs for 30 students, and 20 desktops. In addition, they renovated classrooms for the pre-school – level children and computer labs, which included installation of burglar doors and swing sets for the pre-school – level children at both schools. For the Selebi – Phikwe, Palapye and Serowe Local Loops projects, the contractor identified a community centre and two primary schools where they donated 4 laptops and 4 tablets to the NGO, as well as10 laptops, 10 desktop computers and chairs, and a fully networked computer lab to both schools. In the villages of Satau, Parakarungu and Kachikau, the contractor donated a laptop to Kachikau Kgotla as well as 3 Desktop computers and a printer at Satau and Parakarungu Primary Schools. They also debushed and graded school grounds at Satau Primary School, and renovated of UCCSA church at Kachikau village as part of their greater community outreach efforts. In addition to the above listed donations, BOFINET also donated 5 Mbps of internet connectivity to the schools for a period of 1 year.
BoFiNet as a wholesale provider of network infrastructure, one of its mandates is to improve access to knowledge. We provide free broadband service in different schools for a period of 1 year. Since the inception of BoFiNet, the schools connectivity project has been extended to around 100 schools across Botswana in order to bridge the digital divide. In other schools that we provision internet at, BoFiNet also donate computers and couple it with a revision application that enables learners to take self-tests.
Each year, we reward and celebrate academic excellence in schools. We started this initiative in 2017 in order to contribute to schools academic performance and celebrate success in all its forms and ensure that students are empowered and inspired to strive for excellence. In February 2019, BoFiNet was part of BIUST Graduation Ceremony for the best student in the Faculty of Sciences (lets get the right programme we sponsored) which was held at their main campus in Palapye. In the past years, we have supported prize giving ceremonies for the following schools;
a) Kgomodiatshaba P/S
b) Khawa P/S
c) Kisa P/S
d) Moselewapula JSS,
e) Nanogang JSS
f) Motswedi JSS
g) Mogale JSS
h) Thamaga JSS,
i) Motsumi JSS
j) Pelaelo JSS
k) Moshopha JSS
l) Dukwi JSS etc.
BoFiNet supported each school with P10 000.00 every year. In December 2020 BoFiNet sponsored Botswana Accountancy College Graduation ceremony, awarding P10 000 towards the Best Woman in ICT (AMA Award). Since inception, BoFiNet has sponsored a total of fifteen (15) inclusive of tertiary Institutions.
We are committed to the best environmental practices and when a project is executed, BoFiNet conducts an environmental check to ensure compliance and sustainability. These pre – development impact studies are conducted in accordance with the law and local environmental protection agencies to ensure adherence to best practices and set sustainable policies and processes designed to reduce the impact on the planet. Since inception, BoFiNet has successfully engaged 100% citizen owned and run environmental consultancy agencies to guide and provide oversight at 20 of our infrastructure projects to date.
This year we have donated money towards one child who was going for a heart transplant and also funded two other children with cerebral palsy to undergo a stem cell therapy in Mumbai, India.
a) BoFiNet Adopted Children
Twenty-nine (29) children have been adopted by BoFiNet from disadvantaged families in Tlokweng and Sefophe. The organisation has been a source of psychological, academic and nutritional support to these children over the past six (6) years. Since inception, we are happy to announce that at least out of 29 children, four (4) have managed to proceed to secondary school after being placed in different boarding schools across the country to curb and address truancy. Though we have had a few drop outs, we pride ourselves in four of our adopted children who will be sitting for their form 3 (Junior Certificate) examination in October 2021 at Mogale and Artesia Junior Secondary Schools.
b) BoFiNet Community Service Day
It is a norm for all the Ministry of Transport & Communications stakeholders to dedicate a day in a year towards community engagement and empowerment through ICT. BoFiNet has identified the month of June to make a difference in the communities in which it operates in. BoFiNet has over the years touched Kgomodiatshaba, Botleng senior citizens, Dutlwe communities and in 2020 donated 285 school shoes and socks to students at Kole Primary School in the Kgalagadi District with the aim of making a difference to those in need. This gesture is also aimed to instill a sense of hope as well as restoring hope and dignity to those students. BoFiNet has lately vowed that” No child should go to school without a pair of shoes on their feet”.
As part of the Ministry of Transport and Communication initiative, annually all its stakeholders are expected to give back to the community. BoFiNet’s community service Day is normally held in June and we have in the past refurbished and erected a jungle gym in Kgomodiatshaba Primary School, spent a day with senior citizens in Bontleng at Futsal Park and donated 400 pairs of shoes and socks to all learners in Dutlwe Primary School, in Kweneng District. In 2018, we enrolled in a “Keep a girl in School” Campaign where BoFiNet staff members collected sanitary towels over a period of three (3) months. A total of 1,997 packets of sanitary towels were collected and donated to Lerala JSS girl students. The aim of this initiative was to restore dignity in a girl child and curb truancy caused by lack of sanitary wear during the periods. During this project, BoFiNet staff used their own money and time to buy the towels and donate them.
At Botswana Fibre Networks access to fast internet is no longer a luxury resource to but it is now a utility every Motswana must have especially during the COVID-19 era where schools and businesses need to operate virtually /remotely. Internet connectivity became a need in order to study and work from home. BoFiNet continued to provide connectivity to schools to enable remote studying and teaching. Today, we have connected more than sixty (60) primary and secondary schools across the country, thus enabling over 3900 learners and teachers to research, access educational resources, attend virtual meetings, online edutainment activities and watch videos by proving 5Mbps free connectivity over a period of 1 year. Our crucial goal as a critical enabler is to close the digital divide and open up a vast array of educational opportunities that exist to benefit all the students across the country. At BoFiNet, we believe in creating an imagination nation. One where every child is given an opportunity to access information and connect to online educational platforms.
a) Gaborone Secondary School CSR Handover
The roll out of Fibre to The Home (FTTH) in Gaborone is a beacon of hope for Gaborone Secondary School parents, teachers and students, a project that BoFiNet did in partnership with Huawei Botswana, one of the contractors that was engaged to deploy Fibre To The Home (FTTH) Phase 1 Project in extensions 3, 5, 9, 11 and 39. As part of our contractual obligations with all our contractors, they are expected to contribute a certain amount towards the CSR initiative and as such, Gaborone Secondary School by virtue of being geographically located in one those areas, became a beneficiary of our Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. The school was provided with 10Mbps at their Audio Visual Lab and another 10Mbps at the main library for one year, ten (10) desktops and twenty (20) tablets to be used by special needs students. The school’s broadband connectivity allows any student with connectivity to catch upon lessons that were not covered in class, connect with their teachers virtually while having fun and supplement the classroom education with a range of online platforms.Thankfully, this donation came in handy as it presented teachers and learners with digital opportunities to expand the realms of education during COVID-19 times.
In the past years, in partnership with a contractor, BoFiNet worked with Cletem Electrical (Pty) Ltd for the implementation of the Kang to Hukuntsi optic fibre project, which has since ended. The contractor identified the Botswana Police Service, where they established a satellite office in Hukuntsi. The office is a porta cabin with three furnished offices and is located at Hukuntsi Kgotla, with LAN cabling (fibre reticulation works) installation. In addition to the contractor’s efforts, BoFiNet donated internet connectivity to the office at a speed of 10Mbps for 12 months and connection of three desktop computers. BoFiNet has also worked jointly with Teletechnics to erect an outdoor gym at Tsabong and refurbished Lesirane Primary School computer lab with Korea Telko in 2019.
b) MOU Signing Ceremony
On the 24th March 2021, BoFiNet signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Tlokweng Council for the adoption of (29) children. The Memorandum of Agreement was signed at south East Sub District Council Chamber. The commitment saw BoFiNet care for the twenty-nine (29) children until they reach the age eighteen (18) years. In this event BoFiNet openly communicated and committed to their child adoption goal; to help break the poverty cycle and bring hope.