Botswana Tertiary School Sports Association (BOTESSA) held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) recently at Serowe IHS and reflected on progress and setbacks they had encountered along in 2016.
The AGM that was attended by representatives from all tertiary institutions from across the country and graced by the association’s patron Kgosi Puso Gaborone who urged the affiliates to continue their cooperation and hard work that they had shown over the years.
BOTESSA took part in a series of local and continental events this year where they performed exceptionally well.
The association’s president Moffat Ramasota commended affiliates for their efforts on and off the field from administrators to athletes which he said was a true reflection of sportsmanship.
“This was one of the toughest years in terms of lack of financial support as compared to the past years but we managed to conquer against all odds and I am impressed with the dedication and spirit of teamwork that existed between the members. We relied on the little we had to make sure that we honoured all the competitions,” he said.
“Right now we are in the process of registering new schools under our association: Baisago University, Boitekanelo College and Mahalapye Prisons College amongst the others because we want to forge a formidable union,” added Ramasota.
Financial statements were also presented to the members giving the overview of how the association’s funds were utilised throughout the year and the findings were that there was not any exploitation or embezzlement of funds that has happened.
“Even though we struggled financially this season we used the little that we had wisely. We have already drafted the budget for the next financial year and we are hoping for better outcomes because we have people on the grounds looking for sponsors,” he said.
Affiliates were of the same view that there is need to amend the constitution in order to allow the executive committee to serve for four years instead of the current two years that is in exercise, so that they have more time to achieve their targets.
“We have agreed to make some adjustment in the constitution as far as the serving term of the executive committee is concerned because they are only allowed to serve for two years but we found it fit to extend it to four years so that the individuals in power should be given more time to prove themselves beyond reasonable doubt,” explained Ramasota.