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BTC Monolithic brand

How it all began

  1.  As you witnessed in the theatrical acts, the BTCL journey has been long. We have a rich heritage and tradition which makes us one of the most enduring local brands in our industry.
  1. When Michael Porter one of the demi gods of competitive advantage and branding was asked what defines a leading brand his response was simple – “the ability to constantly recreate and redefine yourself in line with market dynamics.”
  1. More than three decades ago through the BTC Act of 1980, this Company was born and I am proud to say BTCL is still going strong and remains commercial viable.
  1.  Some would argue that the establishment of BTC was the beginning of a journey into a knowledge-based economy.
  1. Our legacy as the only truly local brand is testament to the excellence and ingenuity that prevails among Batswana as a people.
  1.  As Batswana, you built a legacy and for more than 30 years BTC has been an economic player, an innovator, an enabler towards the local empowerment drive.

 

Where we are

11.  BTCL listing on the Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) was a watershed moment in the economic inclusion narrative of Botswana. Through Botswana’s first major privatization of a public asset, over fifty thousand Batswana took up the Offer to purchase and became a part of this great legacy.

 12. The BTCL story is a story about the future.  Through BTCL, I believe Batswana have taken the first steps into the world of stocks and shareholding increasing direct citizen participation in the ownership of national assets.

     13. The unprecedented uptake of BTCL shares is a strong confirmation that citizens and citizen owned companies have hope in the future of BTCL, a truly made in Botswana brand.

 

The Strategy

 

14. Director of Ceremony, we have a solid strategy underpinned by a history of consistently returning great value to shareholders.

15 .Our journey is blending a strong heritage and the new energy, an ambition to ensure that the business’ new legacy is a dynamic, and evolving drive that takes stock of the current, uses research and development to provide the best solutions for our customers and stakeholders.

16. The future is not just service delivery; it is creating opportunities as we marshal a new brand experience. We have no intention of resting on our laurels or basking in our previous glory.

 17. As we launch a new brand and usher in the new era our sleeves are rolled up. It’s the beginning of an efficient service delivery premised on a performance-driven culture.

 18. We have the expertise, capital, the support and drive to usher Botswana into knowledge based economy and open gateways of communication to the rest of the world upon which many industries were built.

19. Unlike any other player in the market our value proposition involves creating partnerships that deliver shareholder value.

20. We have identified strategic partners who will not only enhance innovation for our product offerings but will in the process provide Batswana with the best solutions   creating new capabilities and industries.

21. Furthermore, ladies and gentlemen, BTCL structures and fundamentals are robust. As a consistently profitable company BTCL will continue to capitalise on its unique market positioning.

22. Bagaetsho, BTCL has a positive outlook and expects to remain profitable in the future as it focuses on five key strategic areas.  First and foremost, BTCL will focus on further growing its mobile business and market share from a revenue and subscriber perspective.

23. The Corporation, will also ride on its robust and reliable network that many businesses including Government rely on to run their business to promote and increase uptake of its data and broadband services.

24 We will continue to strive for world class customer service excellence to ensure that customers are happy and put together a cost reduction plan so that all employees know what to do to reduce costs while delivering excellent service.

25. Going forward, we will also ensure that our assets and technology generate value for the company. We are a strong economic player mindful of communities in which we operate. We dare to walk the talk and transverse where others dread. That’s our brand promise, that’s our DNA.

New opportunities

26. In conclusion, as we move towards a monolithic brand, I have absolute faith that our new identity, our fresh look and style will reflect the new energy. The new symbol that has been revealed to you is the future of telecommunications in Botswana.

27 As a private company BTCL remains solid and is on course to be number one. We are a well-resourced and adequately capitalised company with a heritage of returning value to the shareholder.

28 . Let me invite you to join us on the journey to the future. We are truly on course to be a one stop telecommunication shop providing seamless service to our stakeholders.

 29 .Today as two home-made successful brands beMOBILE and BTC become one monolithic brand, a path to a new future has been created.

30. To me this goes beyond the two brands, it is us coming together to ensure that we live up to the new brand promise and I invite you to a better future.

Anthony Masunga is the Acting MD of BTC

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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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