Barclays Bank Botswana has demonstrated its environmental friendliness and ecological responsibility with the opening of their new Head Office at the Central Business District (CBD). The new state of the art facility, officially opened on Thursday February 12, boasts recycling facilities, motion sensor lights, and a centralised printing system.
The recycling facilities are designed to separate waste to enable proper reuse and help manage the environment. “I believe if all work places were to attempt to go green we would change for the better,” said the bank’s Managing Director, Reinette van der Merwe.
She said the motion sensor lights will help the bank save energy and costs as well as contribute to the national call to help save electricity while the printing system was designed to save paper and ensure they effectively manage information to avoid unnecessary exposure of confidential information. Van der Merwe said relocation to the new building at the CBD symbolises a major milestone for Gaborone. “The city has grown exponentially and indeed our business, which is almost as old the city itself, has grown in leaps and bounds.”
The MD said however that the old building will remain an important part of the Barclays Botswana legacy. “It is a place where we spent a good 25 years of our lives during which we built a solid, highly capitalised and profitable business,” van der Merwe said. She said it was there where the bank achieved most of their ‘firsts’. “This included being the first bank to introduce Automated Teller Machines, launch smart phone banking app, and introduce portable ‘honey’ branches and the first and only bank to service remote locations such as Tsabong and Tutume.”
Bank of Botswana Governor, Linah Mohohlo, was the guest of speaker. “I am informed that these premises are energy efficient and environmentally-friendly; that they provide in-house medical facilities and are equipped with many state-of-the-art facilities, including easy-to-reach self-service refreshments that permit uninterrupted work-flow,” she said. The Governor said she had no doubt that the new facility will boost staff morale and stimulate productivity by re-engineering the way Barclays Bank has been doing business.
Mohohlo said since Barclays Bank was established in Botswana in 1950, it has made a significant impact in the development of the financial sector and, more generally, the development of the economy. “Indeed, in terms of branch network and number of staff, Barclays Bank has the largest footprint of all banks operating in the country; there are 43 branches, 115 automated teller machines (ATMs), and the Bank employs 1┬á300 people, mostly Batswana.” She said put together, the extensive infrastructure, combined with the high quality of human resources, provides a full suite of commercial banking products.