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400 jobs at stake as KFC shuts

The local KFC outlets will be closed by end of this week, this was revealed in a statement from VPB Propco, the local franchisee of KFC. The company has announced that they will cease operations in the country on June 6, in the process closing all the 12 outlets in the country which will result in as much as 400 job losses. The company said it was no longer feasible to continue operations after they have failed to find a buyer and any other alternative after 12 months of deliberations.

“We will therefore close our doors in all 12 branches across the country. After having called Botswana KFC’s home for over 20 years, and with 5 years under VPB Propco, we thank Batswana for the incredible family which we have built and their unwavering support. VPB will continue to engage all stakeholders, adhering to all regulatory and governance guidelines, and working with all employees through this time. This is by all means a truly difficult business decision to make, but one that needed to be taken,” read the statement from VPB Propco.

The terse statement from VPB Propco was followed by a more hopeful statement from KFC Africa Managing Director Doug Smart who told Bloomberg news that KFC Botswana will temporarily close at least some of its restaurants in Botswana after being placed under partial liquidation, offering a glitter of hope that the closure will not be permanent.

“We are working closely with the provisional liquidator to keep the business open,” he told Bloomberg in an e-mailed statement.

While VPB Propco says it has failed to find a buyer for the local KFC brand for over a year now, the statement leaves more questions than answers. The statement flies in the face of the proposed acquisition of all local KFC restaurants from VPB by Callus. The deal which was widely reported in the local media was given a go ahead by the country’s regulatory body, Competition Authority of Botswana, which exists to guard against anti-competitive behaviour.

Founded in 2002, VPB Propco says it’s the largest and leading Private Equity Fund manager in Botswana and one of the largest in Southern Africa, with a firm and disciplined approach to Private Equity investing. The company is the brainchild of Anthony Siwawa, and it has in the past managed fun

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Gov’t shy to shame failing ministers

22nd February 2021
Morwaeng

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

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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