Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Ebineng fills transport ministry hot seat

Government has filled the top post in the Ministry of Transport and Communications by appointing Kabelo Ebineng the substantive Permanent Secretary (PS) this past week.

Ebineng is taking over from Ellias Magosi who recently quit civil service to join the regional developmental bloc ÔÇô Southern African Development Community (SADC). 

“The appointment is with effect from the date of assumption of duty,” announced Morupisi on Tuesday.

Ebineng is expected to amongst other things address the challenges that the Ministry of Transport and Communications is currently facing as the Accounting Officer. This entail troubled parastatals within the ministry such as Botswana Railways and Air Botswana as well as other parastatals overseen by the ministry such as BR Properties, Botswana Post, BTCL, BOFINET, BOCRA, Walvis Bay Dryport and the Civil Aviation Authority Botswana (CAAB).

Some of the challenges that Ebineng is going to inherit within the ministry are at the national airline Air Botswana which is operating without a permanent general manager.

He will also be looking to overhaul Botswana Railways back into sustainable profits and to make BR a safe, efficient, competitive and value-for-money rail transport system. 

Ebineng comes in soon after Botswana Railways previous board of directors got fired together with the Chief Executive Officer, Dominic Ntwaagae. Minister Kitso Mokaila at the time maintained that the decision was necessary.

Ebineng also arrives at time when the government intends to fast track the merger of BotswanaPost and Botswana Savings Bank and Botswana Couriers in a bid to create a strong commercial bank that can take the traditional banks head on.

Ebineng is the founding Chief Executive Officer of Bokamoso Private Hospital which he quit under unclear circumstances. He later landed another job at Capital Management Africa (CMA) Botswana as its acting Chief Executive Officer. Ebineng was the managing director of Associated Fund Administrators (AFA). He left the hospital just after it was placed under a court appointed management.

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