The diversified financial services group, Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL) has appointment Catherine Lesetedi Letegele as the new group Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Lesetedi Letegele (48) who has been with the group from the time she was a graduate takes over from the Malawian born Gaffar Hassam.
Addressing the media the Batsho Dambe-Groth the group chairperson at BIHL said Lesetedi Letegele has grown with the organization and has the right expertise to take the group to the next level.
Lesetedi Letegele who will fully takeover the reigns in February next year meanwhile continues as Botswana Life Insurance Limited CEO. Dambe -Groth said the board has not identified a successor at Botswana life.
“Botswana life is a valuable asset and we will make sure will put someone who will not sink the ship,” she said. BLIL has been a star performer under the BIHL Group.
The unaudited consolidated financial results of BIHL Group on the Life business for the six months ended 30 June 2015 indicate that premium income grew by 33 percent over the first half 2014 from P 972 million to P1.29 billion, with most income lines contributing positively. The annuity new business grew by 68 percent year on year, which underpinned a 24 percent growth on total new business written.
Dambe-Groth said Lesetedi-Letegele brings a vast skill set with her career in financial services sector having spanned for over two decades. Her notable achievements include the introduction of the BLIL LifeRewards Card. The product is currently reinventing the entire insurance sector and how it can play an even greater and meaningful role.
Commenting on her appointment Lesetedi –Letegele thanked the board for showing faith in her abilities. “It is great honour for me to have this opportunity to lead this incredible organization. BIHL is my family; it is a place that most of my professional life has been spent and I look forward to the many adventures ahead.”
Hassam the incumbent group CEO was with the group for the past 13 years and has managed to steer the ship past the dire straits. He took over the grey-haired asset and management group at a time when there was a ‘leadership crisis,’ which resulted with the then Chief Executive Regina Sikalese –Vaka and long-time Botswana Investment Fund Management (BIFM) Chief Executive Victor Senye bolting out.
Hassam has accepted a challenging role at Sanlam Emerging markets (SEM) as the Group executive SEM Southern Africa overseeing Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
He said the group has grown over the years and he is convinced she will take the group to the next level. “She is independent and innovative,” he said.
Last week the group posted positive results with the group's life insurance division premium income recording a 33 percent growth over first half 2015 from P 972 million in 2014 to P1.29 billion in 2015.
Prices for cereals or staple foods in Botswana and other Southern African countries continue to rise at a slower pace, following trends in the global markets, according to the latest November 2022 Food Price Monitoring and Analysis by Food Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
Running a digital businessMTN Business Solutions Botswana, popularly known as MTN Business is an Internet Service Provider. We are a subsidiary of MTN Group Limited, a multinational telecommunications Group headquartered in South Africa, which operates in 19 markets across Africa and the Middle East.
More and more, clients are looking for ways to keep their staff productive in a dynamically changing business environment. Whether your people are working from home, the office or abroad, there is a growing recognition that digitising your operations can offer unprecedented commercial value in flexibility, productivity and growth. This new, digital reality means that it is more important than ever to stay agile – if there is anything that can slow a business down, it is being burdened by othatld technology.
Having made substantial investments in fibre technology, high-speed terrestrial and undersea networks and new frequency spectrum across the markets wherein it operates, MTN is perfectly positioned to respond to this shift in the market.
A few years ago, MTN also made the decision to build an IP capable radio network for its mobile services, giving its core network the ability to seamlessly integrate with enterprise IP networks. The mobile towers deliver services to enterprise clients absolutely anywhere it has a network, shortening the last mile and removing complexity and cost.
Now there is increasing demand from clients to connect their remote sites in all areas, including rural and semi- rural. MTN has assisted clients with overcoming this connectivity hurdle, enabling their staff to get the job done wherever they are.
For MTN, the focus has shifted from just being a core telecommunications services provider, towards also becoming a technology solutions provider. The service offering now also includes Unified Communications, Data Hosting and Cloud Solutions, Security-As-A-Service and Managed Network Services. The scope has changed to being client and industry specific, so the requirements and service portfolio vary from one client to the next. The expectation is that a company like MTN must respond to these challenges, helping clients to get business done better as they shift from old to new technologies.
As many businesses continue to grapple with a digitally dynamic world, they face new challenges that have to be solved. This environment will benefit those that are more digitally enabled and agile. It is a brave new world that will favour online over on-site, wireless over wired and fluid over formulaic. Businesses will seek out partners and suppliers that are every bit as flexible and forward-looking as they are.
Ultimately, clients need partners like MTN Business that will invest in infrastructure, deliver the services they require, have market credibility, are financially sound and have a long-term commitment to their market presence.
Botswana Institution Of Engineers (BIE), has last week hosted a gala dinner in which they appreciated engineers who worked tirelessly and with dedication for 10 years from 1983 to steer the BIE to its current status.
The event that was held at the Phakalane Golf Estate had brought together young, experienced and veteran engineers and was held under the theme “Vitalize the dignity and eminence of all professional engineers”.
Explaining the theme, the institution’s treasurer, Thanabalasingam Raveendran said that engineers were looked upon reverentially with respect as the educated but with time it seems to have deteriorated. He indicated that there is a need to change the narrative by all means.
“The BIE exists for the welfare and the betterment of us Botswana engineers, we need to recognize specialised units within our Institution. We Engineers strongly believe in Engineers make it happen” Raveendran said.
He indicated that under the theme they appeal to all engineers to energize, to attain quality of being worthy of honour and respect and to achieve recognized superiority amongst the Society.
Raveendran stated that engineers need to ensure their end product is of good quality satisfying the end users expectations and engineers must be honest in their work.
“Approximately 8000 engineers registered with Engineering Regulatory Board (ERB) are not members of the BIE, engineers need to make every effort to recruit them to BIE” he said.
He alluded that BIE being a society, it currently needs to upgrade itself at par with professional institutions elsewhere like the UK and USA.
He further stated that BIE has to have engineering units of specialised disciplines like Civil/Mechanical/electrical etc
“As President Masisi indicated in his inaugural speech, the young people, who make 60 percent of the population of this country, are the future leaders and therefore investing in them is building the bridge to the future” said Raveendran
Kandima indicated that BIE has a memorandum of Understanding with Engineers Registration Board (ERB), where BIE is a recognised provider of CPD training, mentorship programmes and more importantly IPD undertaking to upgrade the skills and know-how of our engineers.
“For us to achieve our mandate and make worthwhile changes to engineering in Botswana, we have to be totally focused and act with intent” said Kandima.
Furthermore, Stephen Williams, past president of the BIE from 1986-1988 told the engineers that the BIE provides a fertile environment where they can meet, share ideas and grow professionally.
“The BIE is also a nesting place for graduate engineers to learn from their peers and seniors, it also cater for engineering technicians and technologists and so nobody in the technology field is left out” he said.
He further indicated that Botswana Government provides a conductive environment for growth of engineering professionals.
“It must be stated that the Botswana Government recognises the existence of BIE and it can further be stated that the government enables ERB to carry out its mandate as a regulator of engineering professionals” said Williams
He plead with engineering companies to recognize and support BIE as it is the only source of engineering personnel’s for various Industries .
Furthermore, when giving his farewell speech, Michael Pinard , a past president of the institution said how they are viewed as engineers by the general public might be due to some lack of appreciation as to exactly what role they play in the development of the country.
“The BIE slogan is aptly coined-Engineers make it happen, in other words, what man dreams engineers create” Said Pinard.