Although it is not a direct financial tool, good corporate governance has shown to be a driver for a successful business.
It is a critical component in a business toolkit in building a foundation of trust, integrity, and accountability between the entity and its key stakeholders. Good corporate governance reveals the entitys ability to operate as a sustainable business, and what better time to be of this standing as a business than during a crisis.
Research shows that more than 84% of global institutional investors are willing to pay a premium for shares of a well-governed company, in comparison to a poorly governed business with a similar financial record. This is because investors highly value the protection of their reputation, as well as that of their hard earned money.
Also equally important in a business, is strong leadership. The COVID-19 pandemic has threatened not only the lives of people, it has also brought about chaos and uncertainty in the livelihoods of many more. It has been the case the world over, that lockdown has resulted in stagnated economic activity, ensuing business and supply chain disruptions and consequentially, job losses.
Strong leadership is vital to the sustainability of any organisation, but more especially during this pandemic. Leadership that is willing to, and has the ability to adapt to the ever-evolving conditions of the market and assist in better managing risks.
In the current market conditions brought about by COVID-19, leadership teams should re-evaluate their existing risk management measures, develop the necessary policies, and be willing to take timely and decisive action, to adapt to the market and survive.
The actions taken during this time will determine the public perception of the company in the future. Explicit, decisive action in a time of crisis, shows that capable, forward-thinking leaders run the organisation, and these are the attributes that investors look for.
The financial services sector has continued to provide inventive solutions by taking charge and leading customers on to the path of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) by making products and services which utilize numerous technologies. It is only with robust leadership and decisive action that there can be change that will drive innovation and ensure growth in the new post-pandemic environment.
To fulfil the role of contributing to rebuilding Botswanas economy, we all need to be willing to get out of our comfort zone and look at the world with renewed vigour. We should participate in proactive engagements to combat this climate of uncertainty and elevate Botswana. Let us continue to support SMEs.
This past weekend, Botswanaâs ambassador of Sister in law movement hosted 120 attendants for the I am Lady Justice Workshop. The workshop is said to empower women through legal education.
The topics that were discussed during the workshop included; Marriage, divorce, child maintenance, wills, employment law, cyber law and financial literacy.
Sister in law is a movement from South Africa that was founded in 2018 by attorney Tebello Motshwane.
Giving a background of how the movement started in Botswana, Tebele said she was inspired by her shared vision with the founder of sister in law to empower women through legal education.
âI came to learn about sister in law through social media. I flew down to Johannesburg to attend the first sister in law workshop in March 2019, met with Tebello, the founder and gelled. The rest is history. I am now the Botswana ambassador of sister in lawâ Tebele said.
ABOUT SISTER IN LAW
When giving her remarks, founder of the sister in law Tebello Motshwane revealed that her motherâs divorce inspired her to start the movement.
âSister in law started as a Blog and was inspired by my own mother who went through a divorce so I became very interested in studying the law because my grandfather always advised me to study law so I can understand why certain things happened when going through a divorce.â
She said after studying law she started the platform as a way to ensure that other women will never find themselves in the position that her mother was left in âdivorced with two minor kids in Johannesburg not knowing where to start.
âSome of the information is crucial so you would wonder why women are being disempowered because they cannot afford a legal consultation. So I decided to make this information available online so women can be empowered.â
Motshwane further alluded that the project is a personal passion that she took on to herself to say that the next women who could not afford an attorney would at least have a direction a guide to start.
âWomen are already there browsing through make-up, jokes, tick tock so you may as well be empowered as well, so thatâs how sister in law came about.â
First National Bank Botswana (FNBB) is pleased to announce that the highly anticipated First Wine Show is back, and wine enthusiasts are in for a memorable experience this weekend from Friday 26th May 2023 to Saturday 27th May 2023 at Molapo Piazza. The annual event brings together wine enthusiasts to indulge in a world of flavours and connect with fellow connoisseurs and experts in a great ambiance. âWe are excited to host and interact with wine lovers this weekend and promote the lifestyle brand that FNBB is. This event gives us an opportunity to mingle with our stakeholders in a relaxed atmosphere of great wine coupled with the best culinary experience,â said FNBB Director of Retail, Ms Monkgogi Mogorosi. She also mentioned that the event promises to be a remarkable fusion of refined tastes, cultural appreciation, and captivating interactions and provide attendees with a great experience, highlighting that the Bank has partnered with Tamasa Trading to make this possible. The two-day event will start with an exclusive invite only engagement for Premier and Private clients which affords the Bank an opportunity to unpack its value proposition while promoting networking amongst attendees. This will be followed by the Saturday engagement open to wine lovers by purchasing tickets for only P 250. There will be 100 different types of wines available from 13 privately owned wineries ensuring the quality and exclusivity of the wines. Patrons will be spoilt for choice with multiple internationally awarded wines and South African award-winning wines available for tasting. All the wines available for tasting will also be for sale at the event at special prices. The wine show is expected to attract a large crowd as it is one of the most sought out lifestyle events in the calendar.
In continued efforts to empower young students across Botswana through the Digital Schools Programme, Orange Botswana through the Orange Foundation don handed over digital equipment worth P53, 731.50 to Thankane Primary School, located in Jwaneng.
We are excited to be in Jwaneng and to see yet another milestone for impact being delivered. This relationship began with a view towards working together inclusively and sustainably – give children greater access to quality education. This is, after all, a key goal within our Vision 2036 and even of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It is also core to our values and beliefs system at Orange Botswana. Our Digital Schools initiative is a true testament to the Orange Botswana Foundations unwavering commitment, loyalty, and support towards the youth of Botswana, said Benson Lenong from Orange Botswana.
Donated equipment includes but is not limited to:
50 tablets loaded with local syllabus content
1 Video projector
1 Raspberry servers
1 JBL Speaker
1 Case (to contain the package)
The Orange Botswana Foundation, in partnership with the Government of the Republic Botswana, embarked on a quest to empower and educate the youth of the country through giving them better access to technology through Governments Education & Training Sector Strategic Plan (ETSSP). Orange Botswana signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Basic Education and Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in 2017, to kickstart a pilot of the Digital Schools Programme in 2018. The programme has seen 16,225 students benefiting from deployed schools, with 102 teachers trained in using digital kits as a mode of teaching. Thankane Primary is the 52nd school being engaged as part of the nationwide initiative.
The Orange Digital Schools Project is all about utilisation and integration of ICTs in learning, while at the same time addressing issues of digital inclusion and digital literacy. The Programme aims to bridge the digital gap by leveraging technology to improve access to education in primary schools such as Thankane.
Thankane Primary School was established in 1989 with 324 learners enrolled from Jwaneng and surrounding communities. The school continues to perform well in the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE), and consistently works to ensure children learn vital life lessons both inside and outside the classroom. As one of the highest-ranked academic schools in the South region, Thankane Primary boasts excellent academics, leadership, sports, and culture.