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Masire appointed acting WUC CEO

Former President Sir Ketumile Masire’s son Mmetla Masire has been elevated to steer the ship of beleaguered Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) – as the Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The position fell vacant following the abrupt dismissal of Swazi national Leornard Nxumalo who was said to be not performing.

A consensus was reached between Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water resources (MMEWR) Kitso Mokaila, WUC Board and even subordinates that Nxumalo be relieved of his duties.

Prior to Nxumalo’s exit, another ex WUC CEO Godfrey Mudanga was also laid off from his position in a similar manner – under dubious circumstances.

As the second in command to Nxumalo, Masire then filled the shoes of his former boss subsequent to his departure to his home country in December.

Mmetla Masire is the fourth son of former statesman Sir Ketumile after Gaone, Mpho and former contender of Commonwealth Secretary General Mmasekgoa and his younger siblings are Moabi and Matshidiso.

“I can confirm that Mmetla Masire has been appointed Acting WUC CEO until further notice,” WUC Board Chairperson Matome Tsholetsa Malema confirmed to Weekend Post in an interview on Wednesday.

WUC Board chair continued to state that the board took the decision to appoint Masire not only as he was the second in command but also and most importantly as he has lots of industrial experience.

“He has credentials required for the institution, and the right mix and expertise to lead the organization and so far we are happy with his performance,” Malema emphasized.  

After six months, he said the process is to review Masire’s performance and weigh options on whether to appoint him substantive or the contrary. “The process is to review him after 6 months, and on that basis we will see if we appoint him substantive or not.”

WeekendPost has it on good authority that Masire is a foremost candidate and a strong contender to the substantive CEO position. Indications suggest that he might be fully appointed for the position in the span of time.  

However when pressed further by this publication, WUC Board Chair would not commit himself whether Masire would be substantive but stressed that they are “satisfied with him for now”.

Prior to his elevation, Masire served as WUC Chief Operations Officer (COO) from October 2015; 3 months into his upgrade. He was responsible for water supply, treatment and distribution for the whole country, in every town and village.

In addition he was also in charge of water collection, treatment and disposal; revenue generation and billing and for customer interface and customer connections to the water and sewage networks.

WeekendPost has gathered that some have not taken kindly to Masire’s recent advancement and as such the move opened “a can of worms” as it did when he was roped in to the position of COO.

Some employees inside the organization feel he was favoured due to his prominent “surname” which is well established with relevant connections.  

Malema however brushed off the allegations as baseless and emphasized that proper procedure was followed through interviews and screening and Masire emerged the best contender for COO and later CEO.

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When talking at the handing over ceremony, Chull-Joo Park, said they agreed with BRCS to give out e-learning equipment to better the training skills of students living with disabilities.

“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.

It was revealed that the South Korean Embassy approached BRCS with the intent to donate equipment and educational material that includes an embroidery machine, photo copier machine, tablets and interactive boards to be utilized by the trainees.

The industrial printer is a machine that works with embroidery machine to print designs for clothing and it will enable the learners to have more material available to them to facilitate learning.

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Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.

Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.

For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.

“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”

BRCS offers rehabilitation services spread across three (3) areas in Botswana being Sefhare Stimulation center in Sefhare, Tshimologo stimulation center in Francistown and Tlamelong rehabilitation center in Tlokweng.

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