Letshego Chief Executive, Chris Low has dismissed allegations that the group intends to move its headquarter base from Gaborone to a “much bigger economy”, possibly in Mauritius. The company registered a holding company in the Indian Ocean Island last year.
The Letshego Group has grown tremendously and now operates in over 10 countries, and has listed in the Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE). Just recently, the company announced it has acquired P250 million capital for further expansion into the African market. Following rapid growth and spread of the Letshego brand into the Sub Saharan market now operating in over 10 countries, the Botswana Stock Exchange listed company has been constantly linked with relocation of its headquarters to bigger African economies with Mauritius topping the conversations.
Low explained however, that Letshego’s establishment of a Mauritian Company was in line with international practice to streamline treasury operations and reduce double taxation costs as a result of operating in multiple jurisdictions in Africa. He highlighted that the Mauritius Company falls under the full subsidiary holding of the Botswana Company.
He said the organizational structure was compliant with international and local regulations across the continent and the benefits and savings from such a structure were generated for the Botswana Holding company. “It is an aspect that we believe must be understood with full sensitivity as you can imagine the implications of incorrect information being circulated on this, namely undue panic despite the fact that Letshego is a fully Botswana-committed business, and proudly so,” Low said.
Low further explained that Letshego like many international and regional companies, looks to leverage regional expertise in the interests of building a sustainable and successful strategy across the continent. “While a number of senior managers are based outside of Botswana, this is because their particular contribution or expertise is best leveraged in that market. All senior managers regularly meet in Botswana during what we call “home week,” further enabling full team alignment beyond discussion in other forums/platforms. Our diversity in culture is our strength,” he said.
Like its other 10 markets in Africa, Botswana also benefits from the Group’s regional expertise, digital innovations and best practice. “This is part of our Group commitment to shared learning and support, Investments continue to be made in various sectors and to support a number of key social growth opportunities.”
Low highlighted that his company takes pride in being of Botswana roots. “Every role in Letshego Botswana, the local country business, is filled with a Botswana National. Letshego is proud of its ability to employ Batswana and contribute to local employment levels within the economy – it is something we pride ourselves on as a Botswana born business to support our economy in this way,” he said.
He further shared that Letshego Holdings Limited has expressed an interest in securing a Botswana banking license, and efforts are underway towards achieving this. He said the Group will provide updates when available. “Like so many other multinationals in Africa, the Letshego Group has people located across the Africa region, given our Group operations and presence spans 11 countries across Sub Saharan Africa. Its Head Office remains based from Gaborone.”
Low noted that Letshego Group’s diversity in culture and nationalities was its strength and that the group remains committed to strengthening the pool of human capital and skilled resources as well as to encourage shared learning and skills development across the country.
Prices for cereals or staple foods in Botswana and other Southern African countries continue to rise at a slower pace, following trends in the global markets, according to the latest November 2022 Food Price Monitoring and Analysis by Food Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
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Having made substantial investments in fibre technology, high-speed terrestrial and undersea networks and new frequency spectrum across the markets wherein it operates, MTN is perfectly positioned to respond to this shift in the market.
A few years ago, MTN also made the decision to build an IP capable radio network for its mobile services, giving its core network the ability to seamlessly integrate with enterprise IP networks. The mobile towers deliver services to enterprise clients absolutely anywhere it has a network, shortening the last mile and removing complexity and cost.
Now there is increasing demand from clients to connect their remote sites in all areas, including rural and semi- rural. MTN has assisted clients with overcoming this connectivity hurdle, enabling their staff to get the job done wherever they are.
For MTN, the focus has shifted from just being a core telecommunications services provider, towards also becoming a technology solutions provider. The service offering now also includes Unified Communications, Data Hosting and Cloud Solutions, Security-As-A-Service and Managed Network Services. The scope has changed to being client and industry specific, so the requirements and service portfolio vary from one client to the next. The expectation is that a company like MTN must respond to these challenges, helping clients to get business done better as they shift from old to new technologies.
As many businesses continue to grapple with a digitally dynamic world, they face new challenges that have to be solved. This environment will benefit those that are more digitally enabled and agile. It is a brave new world that will favour online over on-site, wireless over wired and fluid over formulaic. Businesses will seek out partners and suppliers that are every bit as flexible and forward-looking as they are.
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Botswana Institution Of Engineers (BIE), has last week hosted a gala dinner in which they appreciated engineers who worked tirelessly and with dedication for 10 years from 1983 to steer the BIE to its current status.
The event that was held at the Phakalane Golf Estate had brought together young, experienced and veteran engineers and was held under the theme “Vitalize the dignity and eminence of all professional engineers”.
Explaining the theme, the institution’s treasurer, Thanabalasingam Raveendran said that engineers were looked upon reverentially with respect as the educated but with time it seems to have deteriorated. He indicated that there is a need to change the narrative by all means.
“The BIE exists for the welfare and the betterment of us Botswana engineers, we need to recognize specialised units within our Institution. We Engineers strongly believe in Engineers make it happen” Raveendran said.
He indicated that under the theme they appeal to all engineers to energize, to attain quality of being worthy of honour and respect and to achieve recognized superiority amongst the Society.
Raveendran stated that engineers need to ensure their end product is of good quality satisfying the end users expectations and engineers must be honest in their work.
“Approximately 8000 engineers registered with Engineering Regulatory Board (ERB) are not members of the BIE, engineers need to make every effort to recruit them to BIE” he said.
He alluded that BIE being a society, it currently needs to upgrade itself at par with professional institutions elsewhere like the UK and USA.
He further stated that BIE has to have engineering units of specialised disciplines like Civil/Mechanical/electrical etc
“As President Masisi indicated in his inaugural speech, the young people, who make 60 percent of the population of this country, are the future leaders and therefore investing in them is building the bridge to the future” said Raveendran
Kandima indicated that BIE has a memorandum of Understanding with Engineers Registration Board (ERB), where BIE is a recognised provider of CPD training, mentorship programmes and more importantly IPD undertaking to upgrade the skills and know-how of our engineers.
“For us to achieve our mandate and make worthwhile changes to engineering in Botswana, we have to be totally focused and act with intent” said Kandima.
Furthermore, Stephen Williams, past president of the BIE from 1986-1988 told the engineers that the BIE provides a fertile environment where they can meet, share ideas and grow professionally.
“The BIE is also a nesting place for graduate engineers to learn from their peers and seniors, it also cater for engineering technicians and technologists and so nobody in the technology field is left out” he said.
He further indicated that Botswana Government provides a conductive environment for growth of engineering professionals.
“It must be stated that the Botswana Government recognises the existence of BIE and it can further be stated that the government enables ERB to carry out its mandate as a regulator of engineering professionals” said Williams
He plead with engineering companies to recognize and support BIE as it is the only source of engineering personnel’s for various Industries .
Furthermore, when giving his farewell speech, Michael Pinard , a past president of the institution said how they are viewed as engineers by the general public might be due to some lack of appreciation as to exactly what role they play in the development of the country.
“The BIE slogan is aptly coined-Engineers make it happen, in other words, what man dreams engineers create” Said Pinard.