A storm is brewing within the boardrooms of the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) as the sports body is readying to deliberate on a restructuring exercise where some plum posts at the Commission, it is expected, will be phased out.
So intense is the mood such that it is even felt in the corridors of the commission; even the top brass is beginning to sound panic buttons. Information gleaned from various sources at the National Stadium-where the sports organization’s offices are based- paint a scary picture where heads are bound to roll once the final decisions are taken.
The Commission’s low lying Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Falcon Sedimo is said to have noted that some posts within the sports organisation do not add any value to the organisation but rather milk the organisation’s coffers. According to sources, at least four posts, currently held by the commission’s directors, are seriously being considered for complete removal.
First on the list of the post facing the axe is that of Business Director, currently held by Thato Kgosimore who once held the CEO post on interim basis. Kgosimore is known to be the blue-eyed boy of the commission’s longest serving chairman Solomon Reikeletseng.
However, sources within the sports commission board say egos are expected to clash should the CEO vociferously advocate for the removal of the Business Director post. It is not clear whether the CEO and Chairman are having irreconcilable differences.
Sedimo was announced as the CEO on the 12th of October 2015, and was introduced to the media by the chairman who also adorned him with the BNSC jacket. Another post believed to be commanding a higher salary scale is that of Games Director. The plum position is held by Game Mothibi. Two other directors’ posts are held by Bobby Gaseitsewe and Steve Botlhasitse. Sources could not well establish the names by the time of publication.
Sources have further revealed that the four posts’ combined cost the BNSC close to P200 000. BNSC is reportedly has budget constraints and there are insinuations that some of the posts need to be removed as part of the solution to the problem. In May, while fielding this publication’s requests, the CEO could not immediately reveal whether the sports commission was broke but conceded that, “the grant from government should be made available soon as the prerequisites have been finalised.”
Sources believe that the issue of cutting costs will bring forth a heated discussion that might not end well for many at the sporting body. BNSC receives close to 53 million pula as grants from the government through the Ministry of Youth, Sports Development and Culture Empowerment. However, this has not been processed and the results are felt by sporting codes affiliated to BNSC. To this date, Botswana Karate Association, Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) and Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF) have all expressed concern over the delay of the grants due to them. There are 33 sports codes affiliated to the BNSC.
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