Thursday, July 9, 2020

Air Botswana reaches crux in search for new boss

Air Botswana, the state-owned national flag carrier should have a new boss in place soon. The Telegraph has turned up information that the hunt for a new General Manager is said to be at an advanced stage as a number of local candidates are said to have been shortlisted by the Board of Directors. 

Amongst the list of candidates is the current Air Botswana Director Commercial Director Hugh Fraser, acting General Manager Agnes Khunwana as well as former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) fund Cross Kgosidiile.

The top post fell vacant in November 2015 after a series of cascading developments which resulted in the then Minister of Transport and Communications, Tshenolo Mabeo, sacked the General Manager Ben Dahwa together with his entire board of directors. The board is now reportedly fully operational.

Air Botswana challenges

Government has previously acknowledged that the national carrier continues to be problematic as it is running short of adequate fleet to fly all its routes. Frequent changes at management level are also said to be affecting the smooth running of the airline.

Air Botswana is also said to be bankrupt and is usually bailed out by government from time to time. Currently Air Botswana’s current fleet comprises of ATR42-500 and ATR72-500 turbo propeller aircraft. The ATR twin turboprops are from the French-Italian manufacturer Avions de Transport Regional in Toulouse, France.

Business strategy

Two years back, the Ministry of Transport and Communications engaged ICF Consultants to assist in developing a turnaround strategy for Air Botswana. The strategy was intended to focus on the airline’s operations which include rationalisation of the route network and schedule, review of internal processes and procedures, use of technology to enhance delivery, fleet upgrade and equipment renewal.

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