Botswana Defence Command and Staff College on study tour in South Africa

Article and photos by S Sgt Lebogang Tlhaole

Brig Gen Papadi Monnatlhare, Commandant of Botswana Defence Command and Staff College (BDCSC) accompanied by his Directing Staff and Programme members enrolled on the 2017 Senior Command and Staff Programme visited South Africa recently to broaden their exposure on aspects of national security, including security policies and strategies, also to broaden their horizon in terms of regional and global security trends and concepts.

To ensure that delegates had a good understanding of the working and responsibility of the SANDF, they interacted with SANDF senior leaders among whom the Director Policy and Strategy, Brig Gen Les Gardner provided a comprehensive and informative presentation on Defence Review 2015, the application of national guidelines, efforts to ensure socio-economic and political inclusivity, as well as an overview of budget and expense priorities.

SA Soldier conversed with the Commandant of the Botswana Defence Staff College during their visit to PMTC who was impressed with the professionalism of the SANDF. He said they chose South Africa because it has moved swiftly to democratise its institutions and that the SANDF was a people’s defence for the whole continent.

Brig Gen Monnatlhare said that the College was established following a decision taken in 2004 by the Defence Council of Botswana Defence Force (BDF) owing to a number of limited number of vacancies offered at Foreign Staff Colleges, which comes at a high cost per person trained. He further said that BDF will however, continue to send a limited number of officers to Foreign Staff Colleges on the principle of exchange and to continue to benchmark on international best practices.


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