I would like to acknowledge our guest of honour, the Minister of Health & Wellness, Maarona Honourable Dorcas Makgato.
• I would like to welcome and introduce Orange Botswana Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Patrick Benon; Human Network International (HNI) Country Director for Botswana and Zambia, Kennet Christensen; Content Supervisor for Human Network International, Veronica Ramhago .
Bagaetsho, I am really excited that this year we are celebrating Orange Botswana’s 20th anniversary. And during these 20 years, Orange has grown in such a big way and there is one thing that we have always been consistent with. That is innovation! We are passionate about innovation, because it drives us to deliver convenient and relevant solutions to our customers. Ladies and gentlemen, as a developing country, we believe that mobile technology coupled with innovation presents a lot of opportunities for our development and is supposed to be used to touch lives, one way or the other. That is why at Orange we use our network to address the diverse needs of all Batswana, including those that are underprivileged and underserved.
And to address these needs bagaetsho, we need to collaborate as stakeholders, because we cannot do it alone. Today ladies and gentlemen, we introduce to you yet another service that reinforces our commitment to this objective. We have partnered with Human Network International to develop an innovative mobile search engine named 1-2-4, which gives Batswana access to important information at their fingertips, wherever they are, 24 hours a day. Orange Botswana is hosting this service free of charge as part of Corporate Social Responsibility. The 1-2-4 service is cost effective and promotes free flow of information on a variety of topics from government and NGOs. The service can reach even the most isolated settlement in Botswana without having to worry about internet access.
Therefore, this makes it a great tool for public behaviour campaigns as well as general awareness and knowledge on public services that are beneficial to everyday lives. I am proud to say that, Orange is the first Mobile Network Operator to provide this service in Botswana. We are really happy that the government of Botswana and other partners came on board to provide content for this platform. Batswana will no longer have to struggle for information they so much need. Ministry of Health and Wellness; Ministry of Agriculture; Department of Metrological services; Department of Wildlife and National Parks. The various speakers on today’s programme will be sharing more about this exciting service. And I am confident that you will see then why this is such an incredible milestone for us all. Welcome to an exciting engagement, and a wonderful chapter in our growing narrative!
*Welcome remarks by Boga Chilinde-Masebu, Public Relations Manager at Orange Botswana at the 1-2-4 service launch in Gaborone on 19th February 2018