Finding a job can be a complicated process. Especially when the tools to do this are not readily available. Job seekers need access to information from recruiters about vacancies available at companies. In Botswana today we have a tool that provides such access.
There is an online space where employers and jobseekers can connect and share information with one another in real-time. This is done through cutting edge electronic recruitment platforms called online job boards. Careerpoolbotswana.com provides this space for our local job market. Online job boards simplifying the way people find jobs.
They cut out the rig moral and expense attached to recruitment, for both seeker and recruiter. Our market locally is perfectly poised to make full use of these technology-based electronic recruitment tools contained in job boards. Hence why online job boards have become common place in Africa and the world because of the manner in which they connect jobseeker to employers.
For example, Careerpool has an option for job seekers called job alerts. It’s quite a simple yet incredibly useful feature of the site. How it works is that you go onto www.careerpoolbotswana.com, upload your CV to the site and then select the job alerts tab. Input your particular field of work e.g. marketing. Once your field is selected you have the option of selecting how often you want to be alerted.
Then, just like that, you will then be alerted of all jobs that are advertised on the Careerpool job board that fall within your field of expertise. Brilliant right? A very simple yet superbly efficient way of keeping you abreast of your job market. E-mail notification is sent to you and this helps remove the guess work of finding out who is advertising and for what positions. For the employer this only bodes well as their advertised vacancy will go straight to a larger audience of the intended target group in a shorter space of time.
This is the type of functionality and ease of job searching and advertising/posting that Careerpool brings to our job market. Never one to think too insular, I thought I’d share with you some job boards around the world that have risen to prominence. These are the 21st century job boards that Careerpool benchmarks its services on. Starting with Indeed.com. This job board has risen to the summit of being one of the world’s best job boards.
They have job listings from thousands of websites including company career pages, job boards, newspaper classifieds, associations and other online sources of job posting. We as Careerpool also strive to garner a variety of job adverts across a multitude of sources so we can truly call ourselves the central repository for all jobs in Botswana. Nowadays companies have career pages that enable people to find all relevant information about vacancies they are advertising for.
I commend these companies for their techno savvy and forward thinking. Even so, there is still a great need to engage job boards into their arsenal when trying to source the best talent possible. The reason for this is that there are so many companies out there that a job seeker cannot go through all of their individual websites to search for work. What then guarantees that they will end up on your company’s particular careers page? How do you draw traffic directly to you? An online job board of course.
They are positioned, like Careerpool is, in the right space to connect you to job seekers. Job seekers seek information on vacancies, we provide it and point them to you. When potential employees find your company on CareerPool, you can be assured your information was disseminated and you can look forward to greater traffic for your careers page. Your company benefits from its careers page and further increases its effectiveness by linking it to Careerpool.
Another very successful job board is LinkUp.com, a job search engine that works in the manner I discussed above. Its job adverts or postings are from small, mid-sized and large company career sections and are updated when the company updates its page. Other notable job board sites are SimplyHired.com which provides access to millions of job openings across all job categories and industries through its exclusive network of thousands of partner sites. A familiar player in the space is Linkedin.com which connects the world’s professionals.
LinkedIn.com even allows you to follow companies of interest. Then there’s a very interesting social and mobile recruitment platform that Careerpool benchmarks its job alerts function from, they are TweetMyJobs.com. Job matches are delivered instantly, daily, weekly depending on the user to your social media, e-mail, text etc. They push jobs onto Twitter with more than 10,000 job channels segmented by geography, job type and industry to instantly connect employers and recruiters with targeted job candidates. No list of 21st century job boards would be complete without including Monster.com.
They are the original job board. They have expanded and now provide a multitude of services like searching for and apply for jobs online, post resume, review company profiles, salary information and career advice. Very useful information to have at your fingertips and help you focus your job search. There are indeed many other job bards across the world than the ones I have shared with you. I look at these 21st century job boards and their functionality and compare them to Careerpool. I am filled with pride as I realize that we already provide the majority of the functionality that our international comrades too.
The service we are providing to Batswana is world class and it’s one that all can indeed benefit from. The platform is here, all that is left is for job seekers and employers to make use of it and simplify the recruitment process for ever. We as CareerPool will strive to ensure the functionality we provide on our platform serves the people of our users here in our local market. Explore the site today to enjoy homegrown 21st century job board technology at your fingertips.
Following a devastating first half of the year 2020 due to COVID-19, the global diamond industry started gaining positive momentum towards the end of the year as key markets entered into thanks giving and holiday season.
However Bruce Cleaver, Chief Executive Officer of De Beers Group cautioned that the industry is not out of the woods yet, citing prevailing challenges ahead into 2021.
The first half of 2020 was characterized by some of the worst challenges in history of global diamond trade.
The midstream, where rough diamonds are traded in wholesale and bulk to cutters and polishers, was for the most part of second quarter 2020, suffocated by international travel restrictions as countries responded to the contagious Corona Virus.
This halted movement of buyers and shipment of the rough goods , resulting in unprecedented decline of sales, in turn ballooning stockpiles as the upstream operations produced with little uptake by the midstream.
The situation was exacerbated by muted demand in the downstream where jewelry industries and tail end retailers closed to further curb the spread of COVID-19.
However towards the end of third quarter getting into the last quarter of the year, demand in both midstream and downstream started to steadily pick up as countries relaxed COVID-19 restrictions.
De Beers, the world’s largest diamond producer by value started reporting significant recovery in sales in the sixth and seventh cycle, figures began to reflect an upswing in sentiment as well as increase in uptake of rough goods by midstream.
Sales for the sixth cycle amounted to $116 Million, following a sharp downturn in the previous cycles, significant jump was realized during the seventh cycle, registering $320 million, an over 175 % upswing when gauged against the proceeding cycle.
De Beers noted that diamond markets showed some continued improvement throughout August and into September as Covid-19 restrictions continued to ease in various locations.
“Manufacturers focused on meeting retail demand for polished diamonds, particularly in certain product areas, accordingly, we saw a recovery in rough diamond demand in the seventh sales cycle of the year, reflecting these retail trends, following several months of minimal manufacturing activity and disrupted demand patterns in all major markets,” said De Beers Chief Executive, Bruce Cleaver in September last year.
The diamond mining behemoth continued to register impressive sales in the eighth and ninth cycle signaling the industry could end the year on a positive note.
The momentum was indeed carried into the last cycle of the year. The value of rough diamond sales (Global Sightholder Sales and Auctions) for De Beers’ tenth sales cycle of 2020 amounted to $440 million, a significant increase from the 2019 tenth sales cycle value.
Against what seemed like a positive year end that would split into the New Year Bruce Cleaver, CEO, De Beers Group, however warned the industry not to count eggs before they hatch.
“Positive consumer demand for diamond jewellery resulting from the holiday season is supporting the continuation of retail orders for polished diamonds from the diamond industry’s midstream sector. This in turn supported steady demand for De Beers’s rough diamonds at our final sales cycle of 2020,” Cleaver had said in December.
In caution the De Beers Chief noted that “While the diamond industry ends the year on a positive note, we must recognise the risks that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic presents to sector recovery both for the rest of this year and as we head into 2021.”
All segments of the supply chain were severely impacted by the global lockdown measures introduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic in the first half of 2020.
After a strong US holiday season at the end of 2019, the rough diamond industry started 2020 positively as the midstream restocked and sentiment improved.
However, from February 2020, the Covid-19 outbreak began to have a significant impact on diamond jewellery retail sales and supply chain, with many jewelers suspending all polished purchases and/or delaying payments to their suppliers.
Rough diamond sales were materially affected by lockdowns and travel restrictions, delaying the shipping of rough diamonds into cutting and trading centers and preventing buyers from attending sales events.
These resulted in significant decline in total revenue for the business in the first six months of 2020. Total revenue decreased by 54% to $1.2 billion from $2.6 billion registered in the prior half year period ended 30 June 2019.
For the entire first six (6) months of the year 2020 De Beers Rough diamonds sales fell drastically to $1.0 billion from $2.3 billion in the prior H1 period ended 30 June 2019. Sales volumes decreased by 45% to 8.5 million carats compared to 15.5 million carats registered in the prior period.
Next month Minister of Finance & Economic Development, Dr Thapelo Matsheka will face the nation to deliver Botswana‘s first budget speech since COVID-19 pandemic put the world on devastating economic trajectory.
The pandemic that broke out in late 2019 in China has put the entire world on unprecedented chaos ,killing over P1 million people across the globe , shattering economies and almost rendering the year 2020 – a 12 months stretch of complete setback.
The 2021/22 budget speech will come at time when Botswana’s economy is still trying to emerge out of this.
National lockdowns and local travel restrictions have hit small medium enterprises hard, while international travel restrictions halted movement of both good and people, delivering by far some of the heaviest and worst catastrophic blows on the diamond industry and tourism sector, the likes of which this country has never seen before on its largest economic sectors.
As Minister Matsheka faces parliament next month, the reality on the ground is that Botswana’s national current cash resource, the Government Investment Account (GIA) is depleting at lightning speed.
On the other hand the COVID-19 economic mess is prevailing, the virus is reported to have taken a new dangerous shape of a deadly variant, spreading like fueled veld fire and causing some of the world’s super powers back to tough restrictions of lockdown.
According official figures released by Bank of Botswana, in October 2020 the GIA was running at P6 billion compared to the P18.3 billion held in the account in October 2019.
However reports indicate that the account could be currently holding just about P3 billion. The draw down from the GIA has been by exacerbated by declining diamond revenue, the country‘s largest cash cow. The sector was experiencing significant revenue decline even before COVID-19 struck.
When the National Development Plan (NDP) 11 commenced three (3) financial years ago, government announced that the first half of the NDP would run at a budget deficits.
This as explained by Minister of Finance in 2017 would be occasioned by decline in diamond revenue mainly due to government forfeiting some of its dividend from Debswana to fund mine expansion projects.
Cumulatively, since 2017/18 to 2019/20 financial year the budget deficit totaled to over P16 billion, of which was financed by both external and domestic borrowing and drawing down from government cash balances.
Taking into account the COVID-19 economic mess in 2020/21 financial year, the budget deficit could add up to P20 billion after revised figures.
Drawing down from government cash balances to finance these budget deficits meant significant withdrawals from the Government Investment Account, hence the near depletion of this buffer.
Meanwhile should Botswana’s revenue streams completely dry up to zero levels; the country would only have 11 months, before calling out for humanitarian aids and international donors, because foreign reserves are also on slow down.
During 2019, the foreign exchange reserves declined by 8.7 percent, from Seventy One Billion, Four Hundred Million Pula (P71.4 billion) in December 2018 to Sixty Five Billion, Three Hundred Million Pula (P65.3 billion) in December 2019.
The reserves declined further in 2020, falling by 2.3 percent to Sixty Three Billion, Seven Hundred Million Pula (P63.7 billion) in July 2020. This was revealed by President Masisi during State of the Nation Address in November last year.
The decrease was mainly due to foreign exchange outflows associated with Government obligations and economy-wide import requirements.
However latest statistics(October 2020) from Bank of Botswana reveal that Botswana’s foreign reserves are estimated at P58.4 billion, with government’s share of these funds significantly low.
Government has since introduced several measures to contain costs and control expenditure with the most recent intervention being the halting of recruitment in government departments and parastatals.
Furthermore, Value Added Tax has been signaled to go up from 12% to 14% in April this year with more hikes and service fees anticipated as government embarks on unprecedented domestic revenue mobilization.
Botswana Stock Exchange listed hotel group Cresta Marakanelo Limited (“CML” or “the Company”) announced the signing of a lease agreement for Phakalane Golf Estate Hotel & Convention Centre, which will see CML extend its footprint by adding the 4 star Gaborone property to its already impressive portfolio. The agreement is subject to regulatory approvals therefore the effective date of the transaction is expected to be 1 February 2021.
CML brings a wealth of expertise to the lease and despite the difficult year for the tourism and hospitality industry, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, CML remains confident in the recovery of the sector and the need to invest in expanding the Company’s footprint.
CML Managing Director, Mr Mokwena Morulane commented: “Our continued efforts to improve our offerings, understand the market dynamics and modern day trends in the face of global challenges, means we are ready for the changing face of tourism and international travel, and this addition to the Cresta portfolio signals our confidence in the future.
“Despite the headwinds faced in 2020, Management has continued to focus on projects that enhance CML’s product offering such as the refurbishments at Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa in the tourism capital Kasane and the ongoing refurbishment of Cresta Marang Residency in Francistown. The signing of the lease for the 4 star Phakalane Golf Estate Hotel & Conference Centre is a great addition to the Cresta portfolio and will unlock shareholder value in the future.
“We remain vigilant to value-enhancing opportunities including acquisitions or leases, after having reconsidered our pipeline against current and expected market conditions.”
Commenting on the lease agreement, the Chief Executive Officer, Mr S Parthiban, speaking on behalf of Phakalane noted; “No hotel chain holds as much expertise in the region, understands our local culture and tastes and what hospitality is about better than Cresta Marakanelo Limited. We believe that the renovations done to the property has made Phakalane Hotel and Convention Centre a unique product in Botswana and at par with international facilities. We believe that this lease will benefit not only us as Phakalane , but the market in general as Cresta has run hotels successfully in Botswana for over 30 years and is therefore expected to bring new offerings that appeal to the local and international markets as well as the residents and visitors to the Golf Estate. We look forward to a long mutually beneficial relationship with Cresta.”
CML like the rest of the tourism and hospitality industry and the entire value chain was hard hit by lockdowns with the surge of COVID-19. By investing during the low period, the company hopes to realise the future value of spending time in preparing for the new consumer dynamics and behaviour. Despite business interruptions as a result of a six-month long state of emergency and several lock-down periods declared by the Government of Botswana to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Company is starting to record an increase in occupancies, which bodes well for the recovery of the industry and the Company’s future prospects.