Monday, December 6, 2021

Jeff Ramsay expected to dump OP for BIUST

By Phaladi Letswamotse

 

Government spokesperson Dr. Jeff Ramsay is expected to dump the Office of President and join Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) to take a position director of Marketing and Communication Manager.

The Telegraph can confirm that Ramsay who is also the Chief spokesperson for President Ian Khama has been interviewed for the post that recently fell vacant when Shakie Kebaswele left.

He is currently designated Deputy Permanent Secretary.

Keogile Rafifing is currently acting on the position.

Kebaswele resigned early this year following in the footsteps of the then Vice Chancellor Professor Hillary Inyang and the then Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Dennis Siginer who cited political interference as the main reasons for their resignation.

However the current Acting Marketing and Communications Manager Rafifing is in the dark about the latest developments.

He did not want to state whether he has applied for the post, preferring to say it was a personal matter. 

Rafifing said he wouldn’t know who is being recruited as it is the duty of Human Resource office. 

Besides being responsible for overall government media strategy, Ramsay is also chief communications coordinator for Government of Botswana.

A teacher by profession, Ramsay has done a lot of historical research.

He has also written on African politics and media policy and was active as a Botswana based columnist, commentator and occasional news reporter before joining the public service.
Ramsay served on various public policy bodies including: Botswana-Namibia (Sedudu) Boundary Task Force (93-99), Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Sections 77, 78, and 79 of the Botswana Constitution, Vision 2016 Education and Information Forum (Vice Chairperson 99-03), the High Level Consultative Council, and the Private Sector Media Policy Task Force (97-99).

He played a significant role in the negotiation of Botswana’s Broadcasting Act, the SADC Protocol on Information and the establishment of the Media Advisory Council and the Press Council of Botswana. He is a founder of Livingston Kolobeng College and Kgosi Sechele Museum. As Chairperson of the Senior Secondary Schools History Panel he helped to draft the BGCSE History Syllabus.

It is still not clear on who will fill Dr Ramsay’s shoes.

In his resignation letter Professor Iyang’s had warned that “no member of staff or student should take instructions on any BIUST Management matter whatsoever, from persons outside the Management structure of the University. This has been compromised and I do not see how the emerging format of operation can lead us to the targeted status of an international research university that can help develop the economies of Botswana, the SADC and the African continent.” 

 The University’s Council chairman Serwalo Tumelo was also ousted from his position. Vice President and the then Minister of Education and Skills Development Mokgweetsi Masisi then appointed Sebetela as acting chairman.  Sebetela is still acting as BIUST chairman.

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