MVA Fund CEO Officiates at the Ngami DHMT Excellence awards 24 May 2019; Maun The MVA Fund CEO Mr. Michael Tlhagwane officiated at the Ngami District Health Management Team excellence awards held on the 24th May 2019 under the theme “Recognizing and rewarding excellence, the pillar and stimulant of productivity”. The theme was crafted through a healthy competition amongst the staff under the spirit of team work and shared vision. The theme called for the workforce to recognise excellence in their everyday professional lives and at the same time encourages the leadership to ensure that the workforce is motivated to drive innovation and productivity in the workplace. The event aimed at promoting the importance of Innovation and sustained quality service delivery. It was also a day to reflect on both the challenges experienced over the years, but importantly celebrate the positive gains made as the district strives to implement the overall Ministry of Health and Wellness vision of “A Healthy nation by 2023”.
Mr. Tlhagwane stated that in an era of dwindling resources but increasing expectations from our customers, one cannot therefore separate organisational success from customer satisfaction. A highly efficient productive organisation will be reflected through customer satisfaction. “It is therefore imperative that for Botswana to achieve development and see improvement in the above, we need to start with our people management. Appreciation of those who drive service delivery is a cornerstone to building shared vision hence keeping the drivers of success motivated. It is therefore commendable that Ngami DHMT has found it fitting to take time to recognise their own drivers of change. Human resources are vital to an effective health care system. From an economics viewpoint, health workers’ salaries make up a great share of health budgets in most countries. The health worker is the gatekeeper of the health system, determining the overall vitality of any community. Poorly motivated health workers can have a negative impact on individual facilities, an entire health system and communities” stated Mr. Tlhagwane In conclusion he congratulated those recognised by receiving awards and motivated those not receiving the awards to improve their individual performance. He encouraged all to work as a team and leverage on each other’s capabilities to build Ngami
The nation is still reeling in shock at the loss of twenty (20) precious lives due to road traffic fatalities recorded in the weekend of 26th – 28th January 2018. This is undoubtedly a serious tragedy particularly that it comes at the start of the year which is usually a quiet period in road traffic crashes.
The Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund would like to extend its deepest condolences to the families of all those who lost their lives in road traffic crashes. The month of January 2018 has seen a total of fifty (50) lives lost due to road traffic crashes.
According to reports from Botswana Police Service the year 2017 close with 444 deaths, 1 152 people sustained serious injuries while 4 739 sustained minor injuries. In 2016 there were 450 deaths, 1 243 serious injuries and 4 994 minor injuries.
As road users (pedestrians, passengers, drivers and cyclists) we should all take precaution to ensure our safety on the roads. Pedestrians continue to be knocked by vehicles while crossing the road and walking in the roadside. This indicates that there is disregard for pedestrian safety among some drivers and lack of safety awareness by some pedestrians. The use of communication devices such as cell-phones combined with earphones while crossing the road by some pedestrians is a risky behaviour that should be discouraged at all costs as it has contributed significantly to accidents.
There is also the general disregard for traffic rules by some motorists as shown by the number of drivers who continue to drink and drive. A total of 689 alcohol related crashes were recorded in 2017 in which 23 people lost their lives being an increase from 593 crashes and 17 deaths recorded in 2016.
Some drivers also continue to drive above the recommended speed limits which is disturbing is this results in deaths and/or severe injuries. During 2017, 16 people perished in road crashes owing excessive speeding.
The use of seatbelts and child restraints continues to be ignored by some passengers, leading to high numbers of fatalities and serious injuries amongst these road users.
The negative economic effects of the above scenario are not only felt by the Fund in its mandate to provide compensation and rehabilitation to those affected, but are widely spread across the economic spectrum of the country. Companies and Government alike, lose skilled personnel, families lose breadwinners, children lose parents and parents lose children while some people are incapacitated and cannot engage in meaningful economic activity.
It is against this background that the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund would like to urge the media and the public to encourage the road users to adopt a positive road usage behaviour while strongly condemning the ostensibly unbecoming behaviour displayed by some road users which results in deaths and serious injuries.
‘Let us all play an active role for our own safety’
Selibe Phikwe Office opens to take vital services to the north-east
Mpotor Vehicle Accident Fund reaches out its helping hand to another part of the country with the opening of its office in Selibe Phikwe - the sixth office to take the fund's to the people who need help after road crashes. The offices are in Gaborone, Maun, Francistown and Kang.
MVA and Road Deprtment team up to cut road crashes.
Motor Vehicle Accident Fund has stepped up its fight against death and injury on the road by joining hands with the Roads Department of the Ministry of Transport and Communication in a pledge to work together for road safety.
Motor Vehicle Accident Fund has been judged the best organisation, and the best parastatal to work for in Botswana. MVA Fund swept up the awards in the annual Deloitte 'Best Company to Work For' survey in Africa.