Connect with us
Advertisement

CITF: Deputy earns twice CEOs salary


The Executive Director of the Construction Industry Trust Fund (CITF), Buti Moepi’s is in a different set up all together where the deputy Executive Director he recruited earns twice his salary.


CITF staff members are hoping the matter will speed up the need for an organisational review which will lead to a pay structure that remunerates the Executive Director better than his deputy. In the process they are aware that their salary scales will also change.


CITF finally recruited a Deputy Executive Director in March, but management had to deal with a backlash of perceived flawed recruitment process and allegations of favouritism.  However, the CIFT had rubbished the allegations.


The CITF Executive Director, Moepi was painted as a man hell-bent on roping in his perfect replacement as he prepares to retire. However, the CITF director of Human Resources, Joseph Ndadi rubbished the “malicious statements” and stressed that due process was followed when recruitment of the Deputy Executive Director was done.

Ndadi stressed that the Executive Director gets many benefits which are not reflected on his pay slip such as free housing, free vehicle, fuel and free maintenance. But he admitted that the salary disparity between the Director and his deputy has been noted by the Board hence an organisational structure review.

Mr. Sabryn Kgaisanyo Tsie, is the new CITF Deputy Executive Director and he joined from BCL in Selibe Phikwe. Tsie is a former employee of CITF. At the time of Tsie’s recruitment, a minority in the Board and indeed some staff members were of the view that one of the Principal Facilitators at CITF should have been appointed to deputise Moepi. This would have been a cheaper route for the CITF. At the time, one of the Principal facilitators was acting in the position of Deputy Executive Director.


Ndadi said the adjustment to Tsie’s salary was standard practice in Government departments that Deputy Directors are remunerated at E2 salary scale instead of D1, hence this adjustment. Sources point out that tweaking the deputy salary lowered the director’s grading hence his (Director) urge to motivate the board for a review of his package.


“CITF being a quasi institution which follows the guidelines and regulations of Government and Parastatal organisations to a certain extent, motivated the upgrading of this post so that it can have an attractive remuneration package. The Board is very much aware that this adjustment will affect the entire Organisational Structure and they have assigned Management and the sub-Committee of the Board, known as the Executive Committee to engage a Consultant who will conduct an Organisational Review exercise with effect from April 2015,” Ndadi had said at the time.

THE PACKAGES COMPARED
 


TSIE – Deputy ED

Tsie was offered a P368 125. 00 annual salary, translating to about P30 677 per month, which is an E2 scale. In addition, he has an Accommodation Allowance of 30 percent of his basic salary (which is about p9203); 30 percent of the basic salary as Premium Market Scarcity Allowance (P9203); Motor Vehicle Allowance at 15 percent of the basic salary (P4601); Utilities covered at 5.5 percent of the basic salary (P1687) and Entertainment Allowance calculated at 3 percent of basic salary (P920); To cap the contract CITF covers the tuition fee of three of his children to an English Medium School.

MOEPI – Executive Director

The Executive Director earns almost all the perks included in Tsie’s contract except the scarcity allowance. However, most of his benefits are not in cash but they are in kind. CITF has given him a house, a car which is fuelled and maintained by the organisation. His take home caps at about P30 000 on a monthly basis.

SALARY STRUCTURE ALTERED

In January this year, CITF Human resources Director, Ndadi had indicated that his organization would be forced to conduct an Organisational review exercise with effect from April 2015 to alter the organizational structure following the adjustment of the deputy executive director’s salary scale. Ndadi told Weekend Post this week that an advert calling for submissions for an organizational review will run this week. He said the said the process was delayed to satisfy PPADB tendering requirements.

Continue Reading

News

BTC launches the 3rd Francistown Marathon 2024 and handover proceeds to the 2nd Francistown Marathon beneficiaries

8th December 2023

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTC) has announced that its 3rd Francistown Marathon will be held on Saturday 20th April 2024 at Obed Itani Chilume Stadium in Francistown. The BTC Francistown Marathon is officially recognised by World Athletics and a Comrades Marathon Qualifier will offer race categories ranging from 42.2km, 21.1 km, 10km, 5km fun run, 5km peace run for children and has introduced a 5km and 10km categories for wheelchairs athletics.

BTC also used this opportunity to announce beneficiaries who received donations from proceeds made from the 2nd BTC Francistown Marathon that was held on April 23rd 203.  BTC donated a play area, plastic chairs and wooden tables for pupils worth a total of thirty eight thousand, one hundred and three pula, fifty thebe each (P38, 103.50) to Monarch Primary School, Tatitown Primary School, Mahube Primary School and Gulubane Primary School. Ditladi and Boikhutso clinics each received a donation of benches, television sets and 10, 000 litre water tanks worth thirty seven thousan, eight hundred and ninety eight pula (P 37, 898.00). Additionally, BTC also donated seventy thousand pula (P70,000.00) to their marathon technical partner, Francistown Athletics Club (FAC) which will be used for daily operations as well as to purchase equipment for the club.

The BTC Francistown Marathon aligns seamlessly with BTC’s corporate social investment programme, administered through the BTC Foundation. This programme is a testament to BTC’s dedication to community development, focusing on key areas such as health promotion. The marathon, now in its third year, not only promotes a healthy lifestyle but also channels all proceeds to carefully chosen charities as part of BTC’s commitment to impactful and sustainable projects.

Speaking at the launch, the BTC Managing Director Mr Anthony Masunga stated that the marathon underscores BTC’s commitment to community upliftment and corporate social investment. He stated that “the annual event which has been in existence since 2016, having taken a break due to the covid and other logistical issues, is instrumental to the economic upliftment of the city of Francistown”. He congratulated all the beneficiaries for having been nominated to receive the donations, adding that “the donation of proceeds from the 2023 marathon aims to highlight BTC’s commitment and heart for Batswana and our continued impact in the different industries”.

He further stated that through this marathon, “we demonstrate our steadfast commitment to having a good influence on our communities, this event is a manifestation of our dedication to promoting education and a healthier, more active society”.  He concluded by stating that “BTC looks forward to another successful marathon that will leave a lasting positive influence on the greater Francistown community and the country at large” he said.

Giving welcome remarks, the Councillor for Donga, Honourable Morulaganyi Mothowabarwa stated that “he is ecstatic that BTC is collaborating with the City of Francistown on yet another installment of the Marathon”. He continued to offer his support to BTC to enable this marathon to continue over the coming years, stating that the “CSI element is a welcome development that helps empower our communities”, he said.

The 3rd BTC Francistown Marathon is officially open for registrations and athletes may use the following platforms to register and pay; through Smega by dialling *173# and choosing opton 5, then choose Option 3 for the Francistown marathon, at any BTC store or by visiting the BTC website and clicking on the BTC Francistown Marathon and choosing the relevant options.

 

Continue Reading

News

Letsholo lauds President Masisi’s digitization in fight against corruption

8th December 2023

Thapelo Letsholo, Member of Parliament for Kanye North, delivered a moving speech at the United Nations International Anti-Corruption Day commemoration, praising President Dr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi’s digitalization initiative in the fight against corruption. Letsholo highlighted the importance of embracing digitalization in governance as a crucial step in curbing corrupt practices.

According to Letsholo, the implementation of digital systems in government services can significantly reduce direct interactions between citizens and officials, which often serve as fertile grounds for corruption. By minimizing these opportunities for illicit activities, the efficiency and transparency of public services can be enhanced. Letsholo pointed to Estonia’s success in digital governance as an example, where public services have become more transparent, accessible, and efficient.

The MP commended President Masisi’s commitment to digitalization and E-Governance, emphasizing that it aligns with global anti-corruption standards. He called for full support and active participation from all sectors to ensure the success of this initiative.

Letsholo also stressed the importance of improving detection methods and refining whistleblower laws to effectively combat corruption. He highlighted the unseen and unspoken facets of corruption as its lifelines, emphasizing the need for robust detection mechanisms and a system that encourages and protects whistleblowers.

Addressing the societal role in fighting corruption, Letsholo focused on the crucial role of everyday citizens and civil servants who often witness corrupt practices firsthand. He acknowledged the existing reluctance to report corruption due to the perceived risks of repercussions. To change this narrative, Letsholo advocated for creating an environment where staying silent is deemed more detrimental than speaking out. He called for a cultural shift where the potential benefits of exposing corruption outweigh the risks, ensuring that whistleblowers are protected and feel secure in coming forward.

Letsholo called for collective responsibility and action in creating a system that not only detects and reports corruption but also supports those who stand against it. He expressed hope that under President Masisi’s digitalization initiatives, the future of governance in Botswana will be characterized by integrity, transparency, and accountability. Letsholo’s speech resonated with the sentiments of hope and determination that permeated the commemoration, emphasizing the need for unity in the fight against corruption.

In summary, Letsholo lauded President Masisi’s digitalization initiative in the fight against corruption, highlighting its potential to curb corrupt practices, enhance efficiency and transparency in public services, and align with global anti-corruption standards. He emphasized the importance of improving detection methods, refining whistleblower laws, and creating an environment where speaking out against corruption is encouraged and protected. Letsholo called for collective responsibility and action in creating a future characterized by integrity, transparency, and accountability in governance.

 

Continue Reading

News

FaR property assets value clock P1.47 billion

6th December 2023

FaR Property Company (FPC) Limited, a property investment company listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange, has recently announced its exceptional financial results for the year 2023. The company’s property asset value has risen to P1.47 billion, up from P1.42 billion in the previous year.

FPC has a diverse portfolio of properties, including retail, commercial, industrial, and residential properties in Botswana, South Africa, and Zambia. The company owns a total of 186 properties, generating rental revenues from various sectors. In 2023, the company recorded rental revenues of P11 million from residential properties, P62 million from industrial properties, and P89 million from commercial properties. Overall, the company’s total revenues increased by 9% to P153 million, while profit before tax increased by 22% to P136 million, and operating profit increased by 11% to P139 million.

One notable achievement for FPC is the low vacancy rate across its properties, which stands at only 6%. This is particularly impressive considering the challenging trading environment. The company attributes this success to effective lease management and the leasing of previously vacant properties in South Africa. FPC’s management expressed satisfaction with the results, highlighting the resilience of the company in the face of ongoing macroeconomic challenges.

The increase in profit before tax can be attributed to both an increase in income and effective control of operating expenses. FPC managed to achieve these results with fewer employees, demonstrating the company’s efficiency. The headline earnings per linked unit also saw an improvement, reaching 26.92 thebe, higher than the previous year.

Looking ahead, FPC remains confident in its competitiveness and growth prospects. The company possesses a substantial land bank, which it plans to develop strategically as opportunities arise. FPC aims for managed growth, focusing on consumer-driven developments and ensuring the presence of supportive tenants. By maintaining this approach, the company believes it can sustainably grow its property portfolio and remain competitive in the market.

In terms of the macroeconomic environment, FPC noted that inflation rates are decreasing towards the 3% to 6% range approved by the Bank of Botswana. This is positive news for the company, as it hopes for further decreases in interest rates. However, the fluctuating fuel prices, influenced by global events such as the war in Ukraine and oil output reductions by Russia and other Middle Eastern countries, continue to impact businesses, including some of FPC’s tenants.

FPC’s property portfolio includes notable assets such as a shopping mall in Francistown with Choppies Hyper as the anchor tenant, Borogo Mall located on the A33 main road near the Kazungula ferry crossing, and various industrial and commercial properties in Gaborone leased to Choppies, Senn Foods, and Clover Botswana. The company also owns a shopping mall in Mafikeng and Rustenburg in South Africa.

The majority of FPC’s properties, 85%, are located in Botswana, followed by 12% in South Africa and 3% in Zambia. With its strong financial performance, competitive position, and strategic land bank, FPC is well-positioned for continued growth and success in the property market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continue Reading