Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KBL) this week announced the appointment of Modise Koofhethile to the position of Operations Director Designate.
Also joining KBL is Meshack Tshekedi, who was appointed to the position of Supply Chain Director. Both appointments are with effect from September, 2007.
Koofhethile joined KBL from Debswana Diamond Company in 2002 as an Operations Management trainee. He was promoted to Cash & Carry Manager and to Planning Manager in 2002 and 2003, respectively. He had a six-month stint with Expert Group before returning to KBL as Project Manager and, later, as Supply Chain Manager, a position he held until his latest appointment.
In his new role as Supply Chain Manager, Koofhethile will be responsible for the extension of supply chain management services to Botswana Breweries (Pty) Ltd. He will also lead the centralization of all supply chain, planning and procurement activities for both KBL and BBL under one roof.
According to a press release, Koofhethile has been instrumental in ensuring that KBL supply chain runs with minimal glitches and his efforts were rewarded early this year when KBL won the SABMiller Africa Brewery of the Year Award. His efforts also won KBL Asia’s forecasting award ahead of all Supply Chain departments in the group under which Botswana falls. Koofhethile graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering and in Economics in 2000, followed by a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management at the University of Missouri-Rolla in the United States in 2001.
Tshekedi, on the other hand, joined KBL in 2004 as a Distribution Manager after holding several managerial positions at Debswana, Motor Company Botswana and SDV AMI Botswana. He then quickly rose through the ranks to the position of Depot Manager Gaborone, a position he held for two years until his recent appointment.
In this position, Tshekedi will work closely with and understudy the outgoing Operations Director, Wayne Fouche, who will be leaving the company at the end of November this year. He will be responsible for the strategic direction of the operations division, covering areas such as logistics, warehousing, operations risk control, fleet management and the depot among others.
Tshekedi graduated with a Business Administration Higher Diploma in Materials Management and a Principles of Buying Certificate from Conestoga College of Applied Arts and Technology in Canada in 1992.
Hloni Matsela, the Group Managing Director, said these appointments showed the group’s full confidence in Koofhethile and Tshekedi and in citizen employees as a whole to assume positions and responsibilities that are integral to the company’s success. “It reaffirms the group’s commitment to localization plans and transferring skills and the reigns to Botswana,” he said, adding that the appointees were deserving and proved their worth, hence their appointments.