John Thomas Dipowe has been appointed Government spokesperson, a position officialy known as Deputy Permanent Secretary Government Communications, replacing Jeff Ramsay. The recently appointed Government spokesperson, who was officially introduced to local Editors during a meeting with President Mokgweetsi Masisi on Wednesday, is a former diplomat who has extensive experience in foreign relations and diplomacy. He started his diplomatic career in 1990 as a Desk Officer responsible for SADC, SACU and the OAU, now African Union. He has served as Information officer at the Embassy of Botswana in Washington, and later became First Secretary (1994-1997) responsible for Political Affairs.
As an experienced diplomat he has knowledge on media relations, negotiation skills, mediation and peace keeping. His diplomatic tenure in Somalia and Ethiopia (2005-2007) are testimony to this. Dipowe is a former Deputy Chief of Protocol from 1999 to 2003, and Minister Counsellor, 2007 until 2009 for Embassy of Botswana, in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. He later became Deputy Senior Private Secretary, Office of the President and from 2012 until 2014 was Director Multilateral Affairs, with responsibility for United Nations and Commonwealth issues.
In 2016 he was transferred to the Office of the President as part of the Presidential Task Team, and later redeployed to His Excellency the President’s Private Office as Deputy Permanent Secretary. Mr. Dipowe was Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations from 2014-2016. Dipowe is a Journalism and International Relations Graduate of University of Concordia, Canada.