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BPC appoints German CEO

Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) has appointed German Dr. Stefan Schwarzfischer, to steer the ship of the beleaguered electricity corporation with effect from 1 November 2016.

The 50 year old German national takes over from the embattled Jacob Raleru who has been leading the Corporation since 2010 and has gone through a series of turbulent times during his reign, from the collapse of the most expensive project undertaken by government, estimated at 15 billion pula- Morupule B, to frequent load-shedding, Raleru has witnessed a large share of stormy days at BPC.

In light of this, Weekend Post has established that BPC derived a transformation strategy in which Raleru was earmarked to be a casualty of the strategy amongst others. The incumbent CEO’s contract will not be renewed when it expires end of this month, and instead he will be replaced by inbound Dr. Schwarzfischer.

Relieving Raleru of the demanding yet lucrative portfolio is said to be part of the Corporation’s transformation strategy that was launched to turnaround the business operations of the Corporation. The appointment of Dr. Schwarzfischer is seen as what the doctor has ordered for the corporation.

“The current CEO, Mr. Jacob N. Raleru’s contract ends on 31st October 2016. He will officially handover the role to the incoming CEO Dr. Stefan Schwarzfischer. The Dr., Schwarzfischer, of German origin will serve the Corporation on a five (5) year contract term,” BPC Marketing and Communications Manager, Dineo Seleke confirmed to Weekend Post on Thursday.     

The BPC spokesperson stressed that the recruitment of the CEO was a lengthy process with several governance structures and that it involves a series of events or stages before its conclusion. “Therefore appointment of the new CEO was undergoing appropriate stages to ensure utmost diligence,” she maintained.

“In this case where the new CEO is of German origin, there are preliminary immigration matters that have to be considered prior to relocation,” Seleke pointed out.

The new CEO will provide strategic leadership and direction in order to achieve the successful recovery and transformation of the Corporation into a technically sound, institutionally robust and financially stable utility capable of playing a central role in ensuring sustainable, reliable, affordable and dependable electricity.

He will lead a team of experts, managers and professionals in addressing the systematic problems affecting the Corporation in order to rebuild BPC as a going concern.

The 50 year old holds a Ph.D. in Process Engineering from the Technical University at his home land in Aachen, Germany.

He has held several C-level positions such as CEO, CFO and COO in the FMCG environments and has specialised in international business development and change management.

He has worked for KPMG Deutsche Treuhand-Gesellschaft in the area of corporate restructuring in Frankfurt and Johannesburg.

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Gov’t shy to shame failing ministers

22nd February 2021

Minister of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Kabo Morwaeng together with Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Elias Magosi, this week refused to name and shame the worst performing Ministries and to disclose the best performing Ministries since beginning of 12th parliament including the main reasons for underperformance.

Of late there have been a litany of complaints from both ends of the aisle with cabinet members accused of providing parliament with unsatisfactory responses to the questions posed. In fact for some Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) backbenchers a meeting with the ministers and party leadership is overdue to address their complaints. Jwaneng-Mabutsane MP, Mephato Reatile is also not happy with ministers’ performance.

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Bokamoso, Gov’t in P10M womb removal suit

22nd February 2021

Bokamoso Private Hospital is battling a P10 million legal suit for a botched fibroids operation which resulted in a woman losing an entire womb and her prospects of bearing children left at zero.

The same suit has also befallen the Attorney General of Botswana who is representing the Ministry of Health and Wellness for their contributory negligence of having the unlawful removal of a patient, Goitsemang Magetse’s womb.

According to the court papers, Magetse says that sometimes in November 2019, she was diagnosed with fibroids at Marina Hospital where upon she was referred to Bokamoso Private Hospital to schedule an appointment for an operation to remove the fibroids, which she did.

Magetse continues that at the instance of one Dr Li Wang, the surgeon who performed the operation, and unknown to her, an operation to remove her whole womb was conducted instead.
According to Magetse, it was only through a Marina Hospital regular check-up that she got to learn that her whole womb has been removed.

“At the while she was under the belief that only her fibroids have been removed. By doing so, the hospital has subjected itself to some serious delictual liability in that it performed a serious and life changing operation on patient who was under the belief that she was doing a completely different operation altogether. It thus came as a shock when our client learnt that her womb had been removed, without her consent,” said Magetse’s legal representatives, Kanjabanga and Associates in their summons.

The letter further says, “this is an infringement of our client‘s rights and this infringement has dire consequences on her to the extent that she can never bear children again”. ‘It is our instruction therefore, to claim as we hereby do, damages in the sum of BWP 10,000,000 (ten million Pula) for unlawful removal of client’s womb,” reads Kanjabanga Attorneys’ papers. The defendants are yet to respond to the plaintiff’s papers.

What are fibroids?

Fibroids are tumors made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue. They develop in the uterus. It is estimated that 70 to 80 percent of women will develop fibroids in their lifetime — however, not everyone will develop symptoms or require treatment.

The most important characteristic of fibroids is that they’re almost always benign, or noncancerous. That said, some fibroids begin as cancer — but benign fibroids can’t become cancer. Cancerous fibroids are very rare. Because of this fact, it’s reasonable for women without symptoms to opt for observation rather than treatment.

Studies show that fibroids grow at different rates, even when a woman has more than one. They can range from the size of a pea to (occasionally) the size of a watermelon. Even if fibroids grow that large, we offer timely and effective treatment to provide relief.

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Masisi warned against a sinking Botswana

22nd February 2021
Ndaba GAolatlhe

The Alliance for Progressives (AP) President Ndaba Gaolathe has said that despite major accolades that Botswana continues to receive internationally with regard to the state of economy, the prospects for the future are imperilled.

Delivering his party Annual Policy Statement on Thursday, Gaolathe indicated that Botswana is in a state of do or die, and that the country’s economy is on a sick bed. With a major concern for poverty, Gaolathe pointed out that almost half of Botswana’s people are ravaged by or are about to sink into poverty.  “Our young people have lost the fire to dream about what they could become,” he said.

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