Friday, December 4, 2020

BTCL donates to Shorobe community

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL) continues to be responsive to the needs of Batswana by donating to different communities countrywide.

As part of efforts to reduce the poverty of information and promote digital inclusion, BTCL recently donated ten computers and four printers worth 169 000 thousand pula to the community of Shorobe.

The donations were handed over as part of the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) commemorations, which were held in the village recently.

BTCL also installed a point to multi point radio in Shorobe to cater for Internet service in the area. As a responsible Corporate Citizen, the company also awarded prizes (three laptops) to children who did well in Girls in ICT competition.

Handing over the computers, BTCL Board Chairperson, Leonard Makwinja said the company continues to play a significant role in ensuring that Batswana keep in touch through modern technology regardless of their address.

In partnership with Government, BTCL embarked on the Nteletsa Rural Infrastructure Project, to bring mobile technology to the people and also establish Kitsong Centres in many villages in the North West.

Makwinja said BTCL and government brought these amenities closer to communities so that residents no longer need to travel long distances to make calls, buy air time or sim cards. “You can easily keep in touch with family and friends from the comfort of your home.”

He is of the view that since Shorobe is located in an area that can best be described as a tourism hub and telecommunications is crucial in supporting the industry and community at large.

“We all know that as much as tourists at times travel to get away from it all, they like to share visuals (pictures) of their travels in real time with their loved ones back at home.”

Kitsong centres (internet cafes) allow them to do just that and also help to further promote the region. Shorobe, Sankoyo and Matsaudi are some of the villages in the region that have Kitsong centres.

BTCL, he said, will continue to be responsive to the needs of the communities in which it operates and commit resources to uplift lives.
The Corporation values the relationship with the community as a key factor to the growth of the company and well-being of the communities.

In that regard, Makwinja said the company, as a good corporate citizen, will continue to extend a helping hand and give back to Batswana.

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