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Finding A Job Is A Job In Itself!

Lebogang Motubudi
Account Manager, Careerpool


We have all been there at one point or another in our lives, job hunting. It’s not the easiest of feats to complete despite the ease with which the words, “go get a job!” may roll off the tongues of our significant other or family members.

In reality, finding a job is a job in itself! Information is your greatest ally because if you don’t know who is hiring then you are forced to go door-to-door dropping off your CV with companies in the hope that someone will say, “what luck, we were actually talking about hiring someone with your exact skillset just this morning!” Not the likeliest of scenarios as I’m sure you’d agree. So how do we collected this much needed information? Newspapers of course.

This has been the space in which you are guaranteed to find up-to-the-week information about companies that have vacancies. But there’s a catch. Which paper do you buy? Employers have a choice of advertising on any newspaper they choose. Your larger companies with bigger advertising budgets can foot the bill to advertise across multiple papers in any given week.

They do this to increase the reach of the vacancies they are advertising because they don’t know which paper the perfect candidate prefers to read. The job seeker doesn’t have the luxury of knowing what and where vacancies will be advertised, so forced to buy as many newspapers as they can afford for as long as they are looking for a job.

This is the beauty of online job boards. Their purpose is to help you find a job whilst saving you time and money. Online job boards are websites that connect the employer to the employee by sharing up-to-the-minute information. They provide a space where the employers can advertise vacancies in their company that job seekers can find in a central location.

These sites have been around for almost over 15 years now and finally in Botswana we have developed one for our market, Careerpool. This is a job board that will revolutionize the manner in which employers and employees share information with one another. With the cost ranging from negligible to nothing.

As a job seeker you now don’t need to purchase multiple newspapers and troll them for jobs that have been advertised. Careerpool now offers a central location where all available vacancies are listed for you to peruse at your convenience, through whatever device you have at your disposal with internet connectivity.

The timing couldn’t be more perfect for this technology as the telecommunications providers fight to provide the most affordable data for their clients. So this means searching for a job online will not burn a hole in your pocket. Careerpool and other international job boards of its kind boats exciting electronic recruitment functions for both employer and employee. For the job seeker, they can upload their CV to the site and setup job alerts.

This function allows the user to input their desired field of expertise and request to be alerted by mail of all jobs advertised on Careerpool that require the said expertise. So now you are automating your job searching minimizing the work involved!

The job adverts literally come to you on your device wherever you are in the world. True convenience and tangible cost cutting for the job seeker like they have never before seen or experienced. As now the time spent going to the site to check for advertised jobs is brought to a minimal. This kind of convenience is enjoyed by the employer as well. 

The job adverts they post on Careerpool are guaranteed to get to the right people within the desired time as a result of them advertising on a centralized location where job seekers are present and have set about automating the process of receiving information on relevant vacancies. It is peace of mind that the fraction of the budget spent advertising on Careerpool will yield the desired result, people knowing about the vacancies and applying accordingly. The e-recruitment functions don’t end there.

I can’t tell you how many companies are struggling with the proper management of the CV’s that they receive on a daily basis. Through no fault of their own, mounds and mounds of CV’s pile up in offices and on desks in human resources departments.  CV’s of people who were sent out of the comfort of their homes to, “go find a job!” by loved ones.

Hoping and praying that they are in luck and there is a position available for them at your company. This isn’t always true, in fact almost never. If companies do accept their CV’s they just join the pile of obscurity and are lost amongst all the others that came before it. But here’s the thing, your skill and experience might be of great value to the company at a later stage but now finding you in the heaps of non-impressive CV’s is a tall task for any practitioner.

Careerpool allows employers the opportunity to start their own digital talent pool within Careerpool. A talent pool that belongs to only them. When companies place adverts they can instruct candidates to apply directly to the site thereby growing this pool. Once the advert is closed and the candidate has been selected the unsuccessful candidates don’t get thrown out into the CV graveyard. Now they will form the basis of your talent pool.

A pool that you can come back to at a later stage with a new vacancy, if the system, instructed by you, deems they have fulfilled the minimum requirements outlined in your advert. The candidates who had previously applied and were unsuccessful may just be the perfect candidates for upcoming jobs. Nifty right? There is a fractional cost option to advertise jobs online through sites like Careerpool. They have a great reach and appeal with job seekers.

Not to mention the e-recruitment functions that go beyond just advertising. It’s easy to see why job board technology is here to revolutionize the recruitment process forever. It takes the work, out of finding a job! So whether job seeker or hr practitioner, search www.careerpoolbotswana.com, the job board designed for Batswana to reap the benefits of this world wide technological advancement.

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New study reveals why youth entrepreneurs are failing

21st July 2022
Youth

The recent study on youth entrepreneurship in Botswana has identified difficult access to funding, land, machinery, lack of entrepreneurial mindset and proper training as serious challenges that continue to hamper youth entrepreneurship development in this country.

The study conducted by Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) in collaboration with University of Botswana has confirmed that despite the government and private sector multi-billion pula entrepreneurship development initiatives, many young people in Botswana continue to fail to grow their businesses into sustainable and successful companies that can help reduce unemployment.

University of Botswana researchers Gaofetege Ganamotse and Rudolph Boy who compiled findings in the 2022 study report for Botswana stated that as part of the study interviews were conducted with successful youth entrepreneurs to understand their critical success factors.

According to the researchers other participants were community leaders, business mentors, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Youth, Gender, Sport and Culture, financial institutions, higher education institutions, non-governmental institutions, policymakers, private organizations, and support structures such as legal and technical experts and accountants who were interviewed to understand how they facilitate successful youth entrepreneurship.

The researchers said they found that although Botswana government is perceived as the most supportive to businesses when compared to other governments in sub-Saharan Africa, youth entrepreneurs still face challenges when accessing government funding. “Several finance-related challenges were identified by youth entrepreneurs. Some respondents lamented the lack of access to start-up finance, whereas others mentioned lack of access to infrastructure.”

The researchers stated that in Botswana entrepreneurship is not yet perceived as a field or career of choice by many youth “Participants in the study emphasized that the many youth are more of necessity entrepreneurs, seeing business venturing as a “fall back. Other facilitators mentioned that some youth do not display creativity, mind-blowing innovative solutions, and business management skills. Some youth entrepreneurs like to take shortcuts like selling sweets or muffins.”

According to the researchers, some of the youth do not display perseverance when they are faced with adversity in business. “Young people lack of an entrepreneurial mindset is a common challenge among youth in business. Some have a mindset focused on free services, handouts, and rapid gains. They want overnight success. As such, they give up easily when faced with challenges. On the other hand, some participants argue that they may opt for quick wins because they do not have access to any land, machinery, offices, and vehicles.”

The researchers stated that most youth involved in business ventures do not have the necessary training or skills to maintain a business. “Poor financial management has also been cited as one of the challenges for youth entrepreneurs, such as using profit for personal reasons rather than investing in the business. Also some are not being able to separate their livelihood from their businesses.

Lastly, youth entrepreneurs reported a lack of experience as one of the challenges. For example, the experience of running a business with projections, sticking to the projections, having an accounting system, maintaining a clean and clear billing system, and sound administration system.”

According to the researchers, the participants in the study emphasized that there is fragmentation within the entrepreneurial ecosystem, whereby there is replication of business activities without any differentiation. “There is no integration of the ecosystem players. As such, they end up with duplicate programs targeting the same objectives. The financial sector recommended that there is a need for an intermediary body that will bring all the ecosystem actors together and serve as a “one-stop shop” for entrepreneurs and build mentorship programs that accommodate the business lifecycle from inception to growth.”

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BHC yearend financial results impressive

18th July 2022
BHC

Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC) is said to have recorded an operating surplus of P61 Million, an improvement compared to the previous year. The housing, office and other building needs giant met with stakeholders recently to share how the business has been.

The P61 million is a significant increase against the P6 million operating loss realized in the prior year. Profit before income tax also increased significantly from P2 million in the prior year to P72 million which resulted in an overall increase in surplus after tax from P1 million prior year to P64 million for the year under review.

Chief of Finance Officer, Diratsagae Kgamanyane disclosed; “This growth in surplus was driven mainly by rental revenue that increased by 15% from P209 million to P240 million and reduction in expenditure from P272 million to P214 million on the back of cost containment.”
He further stated that sales of high margin investment properties also contributed significantly to the growth in surplus as well as impairment reversals on receivables amounting to P25 million.

It is said that the Corporation recorded a total revenue of P702 million, an 8% decrease when compared to the P760 million recorded in the prior year. “Sales revenue which is one of the major revenue streams returned impressive margins, contributing to the overall growth in the gross margin,” added Kgamanyane.

He further stated professional fees revenue line declined significantly by 64% to P5 million from P14 million in the prior year which attributed to suspension of planned projects by their clients due to Covid-19 pandemic. “Facilities Management revenue decreased by P 24 million from P69 million recorded in prior year to P45 million due to reduction in projects,” Kgamanyane said.

The Corporation’s strength is on its investment properties portfolio that stood at P1.4 billion at the end of the reporting period. “The Corporation continues its strategy to diversify revenue streams despite both facilities management income and professional fees being challenged by the prevailing economic conditions that have seen its major clients curtailing spending,” added the CEO.

On the one hand, the Corporation’s Strategic Performance which intended to build 12 300 houses by 2023 has so far managed to build 4 830 houses under their SHHA funding scheme, 1 240 houses for commercial or external use which includes use by government and 1 970 houses to rent to individuals.

BHC Acting CEO Pascaline Sefawe noted that; BHC’s planned projects are said to include building 336 flat units in Gaborone Block 7 at approximately P224 million, 100 units in Maun at approximately P78 million, 13 units in Phakalane at approximately P26 million, 212 units in Kazungula at approximately P160 million, 96 units at approximately P42 million in Francistown and 84 units at approximately P61 million in Letlhakane. Emphasing; “People tend to accuse us of only building houses in Gaborone, so here we are, including other areas in our planned projects.”

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Commercial banks to cash big on high interest rates on loans

18th July 2022
Commercial-banks

Researchers from some government owned regulatory institutions in the financial sector have projected that the banking sector’s profitability could increase, following Bank of Botswana Monetary Policy Committee recent decision to increase monetary policy rate.

In its bid to manage inflation, Bank of Botswana Monetary Policy Committee last month increased monetary policy rate by 0.50 percent from 1.65 percent to 2.15 percent, a development which resulted with commercial banking sector increasing interest rate in lending to household and companies. As a result of BoB adjustment of Monetary Policy Rate, from 1.65 percent to 2.15 percent commercial banks increased prime lending rate from 5.76 percent to 6.26 percent.

Researchers from Bank of Botswana, the Non-Bank Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority, the Financial Intelligence Agency and the Botswana Stock Exchange indicated that due to prospects of high inflation during the second half of 2022, there is a possibility that the Monetary Policy Committee could further increase monetary policy rate in the next meeting in August 25 2022.

Inflation rose from 9.6 percent in April 2022 to 11.9 percent in May 2022, remaining above the Bank of Botswana medium-term objective range of 3 – 6 percent. According to the researchers inflation could increase further and remain high due to factors that include: the potential increase in international commodity prices beyond current forecasts, logistical constraints due to lags in production, the economic and price effects of the ongoing Russia- Ukraine conflict, uncertain COVID-19 profile, domestic risk factors relating to possible regular annual administered price adjustments, short-term unintended consequences of import restrictions resulting with shortages in supplies leading to price increases, as well as second-round effects of the recent increases in administered prices “Furthermore, the likelihood of further increases in domestic fuel prices in response to persistent high international oil prices could add upward pressure to inflation,” said the researchers.

The researchers indicated that Bank of Botswana could be forced to further increase monetary policy rate from the current 2.15 percent if inflation rises persistently. “Should inflation rise persistently this could necessitate an upward adjustment in the policy rate. It is against this background that the interest rate scenario assumes a 1.5 percentage points (moderate scenario) and 2.25 percentage points (severe scenario) upward adjustment in the policy rate,” said the researchers.

The researchers indicated that while any upward adjustment on BoB monetary policy rate and commercial banks prime lending rate result with increase in the cost of borrowing for household and compnies, it increase profitability for the banking sector. “Increases in the policy rate are associated with an overall increase in bank profitability, with resultant increases in the capital adequacy ratio of 0.1 percentage points and 0.2 percentage points for the moderate and severe scenarios, respectively,” said the researchers who added that upward adjustment in monetary policy rate would raise extra capital for the banking sector.

“The increase in profit generally reflects the banking industry’s positive interest rate gap, where interest earning assets exceed interest earning liabilities maturing in the next twelve months. Therefore, an increase of 1.5 percentage points in the policy rate would result in industry gains of P71.7 million (4.1 percent increase), while a 2.25 percentage points increase would lead to a gain of P173.9 million (6.1 percent increase), dominated by large banks,” said the researchers.

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