The Botswana Insurance Fund Management (Bifm) handed over furniture to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development on Thursday. The event which was hosted by the Bifm CEO Neo Bogatsu cemented the fact that sustainability remains an integral part of the company’s culture.
“With the refurbishment of our offices which we have occupied since 2004, we felt that we could not just discard the furniture we had been using but rather see who we could donate it to,” said Bogatsu. She also said they know through their interaction with various local government offices through the BIHL Trust, that the Ministry could fully utilise the furniture. Bogatsu said the 213 items of furniture included: 1 board room table which seats 21 people, 79 office chairs, 42 office desks, 46 office credenza’s and 4 meeting room tables.
“Bifm and BIHL Group understand that corporates don’t operate in a vacuum; we know that we need to work with and assist government where we can,” said Bogatsu.
When accepting the furniture on behalf of the Ministry, Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Botlogile Tshireletso expressed appreciation to the Bifm for their generosity. She also said it is important for Batswana to halt the culture of waste.
The handover also brought to light BIHL’s commitment to improving Batswana’s lifestyles. Some of the hallmark projects undertaken by the Trust on behalf of BIHL Group subsidiaries include Thomas Tlou Scholarship, P170,000 donated to Bana Ba Metsi in Shakawe for electrifying the school and the Adopt a School Initiative.
“It is a gesture of good faith. It is a gesture to show that Bifm and the BIHL Group value the importance of sharing resources that they are in a possession of, no matter how big or small,” said Tshireletso.