|Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs|
The Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs aims to become a model organisation that provides services in an efficient and effective manner to the public by evolving a culture of customer care and maintaining service excellence at all times.
The Ministry is headed by the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, who is assisted by the Permanent Secretary - the Chief Executive of the Ministry. There are two Deputy Permanent Secretaries, one guiding policy on Prisons; Immigration and Citizenship; Labour and social security and national and civil registration matters. For research permit guidelines, click here (msword) or here (pdf).
Division under Ministry Management
Division of Apprenticeship and Industrial Training:
The Minimum Wages rates for 2007/2008 have been increased as follows:
The new rates are payable effective 1st April 2007
The Industrial court of Botswana was established on 1st April 1994. for the purpose of settling trade disputes and to further secure and maintain good industrial relations in Botswana. The Industrial court is a specialised court with the same status as the High Court of Botswana. Trade Disputes Act gives the court jurisdiction to determine any individual or collective labour dispute. All labour disputes involving the termination of employment agreements must first be referred to the Commissioner of Labour's office and if he is unable to settle them, he must then issue a certificate which entitles either party to refer the dispute to Court.
Special circumstances may allow a party to refer his/her matter directly to the Industrial Court for determination by way of urgent application. After determining a trade dispute, the Court may order reinstatement of the employee, with or without compensation or order compensation in lieu of reinstatement. Any awards made by the Industrial Court shall be enforceable by way of a writ of execution issued by the Registrar and handed to the Deputy Sheriff for execution.
The Department has seven divisions at Headquarters which are as follows:-
The Department has decentralised its activities to eight (8) regions namely:-
The Department has twenty-six border posts, twenty-five district offices and five airports. Under each region there are a number of district officers where the processing of applications for passports, residence permits etc take place.
Four Regional Immigrants Selection Boards were established to consider applications for both residence and work permits. These are:-
There is also the National Immigrants Selection Board located in Gaborone which consider appeals arising from the decisions of the Regional Boards.
Any person aggrieved by the decision of the National Immigrants Selection Board may lodge an appeal with the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs.
Table of Fees for services provided
Contact person: Mrs T. Ndzinge (Director)
Botswana Prisons and Rehabilitation
The The Botswana Prisons Service exists to protect the society by actively encouraging and assisting offenders to become law abiding citizens through empowerment of staff and abiding by the disciplinary code of conduct. We will exercise reasonable, safe, secure and humane control of offenders in order to achieve National Security , Peace, Tranquillity and Economic Growth.
The objectives of the Service are
- to provide safe custodial care to prisoners;
- to provide effective rehabilitation programmes to prisoners ;
- to provide efficient administration of prisons and resources ;
Goals of the ServiceCare In line with Vision 2016, the Service seeks to give humane care to prisoners in furtherance of the ideal of a compassionate and caring nation. Custody The Service provides custody to offenders committed for detention in prison in line with its obligation of safety and protection of the society.
Training of PrisonersPrisoners are offered training in various trade skills to make them competitive in the labour market after release from prison in an effort to reduce the incidence of crime.
RehabilitationRehabilitation of prisoners involves helping them to identify their weaknesses, which led them to prison to be able to avoid them in future and also learn to build on their strong points in order to face life with confidence and positive determination after release from prison.
Contact person: H.R Kau (Commissioner)
The department of Women's Affairs promotes the enhancement of the status of women within Botswana society, geared toward their improvement and full integration in the national development process. The work of the department also entails guaranteeing the welfare and reasonable representation of Batswana women in the education, socio-economic, cultural, legislative and legal systems. The objectives of the department of Women's Affairs are inter alia, to:
- Enhance the status and role of women in decision-making and leadership at all levels;
- Promote access to and control of factors of production and to remove all forms of legal and socio-cultural constraints to women's participation across all sectors of development
- Promote health, especially reproductive health and rights, including family planning;
- Enhance the education and skills training of women and girls;
- Eliminate the growing poverty among women particularly female headed households; and
- Create awareness of gender issues at all levels.
Contact person: Mrs. M.I. Legwaila (Director)
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