Kgalagadi Breweries said on Friday Thomas Mpedi, the current General Manager at BBL, has recently been appointed as Managing Director at Maluti Mountain Breweries in Lesotho, a highly coveted role that places him firmly at the pinnacle of his career.
The company said the move is a huge source of pride for KBL and BBL. The group of companies is proud of the exceptional leaders that they continue to produce as well as the attention this has received from leading players in the region.
Mpedi joined BBL as a trainee in 2000 and from that time, he held the positions of Management Information Controller, Assistant Brewery Manager and Brewery Manager ÔÇô Lobatse between the years 2001 and 2005.
He was then promoted to Senior Brewery Manager in 2006, responsible for the Gaborone Brewery, the flagship and the biggest of the Botswana opaque beer operations. In 2008 he was promoted to General Manager: Botswana Breweries Limited, a position he holds to date.
Group Managing Director, Hloni Matsela, said the development of local talent is one of their key priorities as they consider people to be their enduring advantage.
“It is, therefore, in our best interests to develop individuals who can drive our business forward, as well as being capable of leading other world-class businesses and, as a result, contribute to the development of Botswana’s economy, our labour market reputation and image,” Matsela said. “Our group of companies invests substantial resources to support the growth and development of our talent pool, and it gives us immense pleasure to see our people become the very best that they can be”.
Matsela added that in consequence, and as these individuals take on other responsibilities, KBL and BBL always take this as an opportunity to look both within and outside for people who can bring new vim and vigor in order to continue to foster the success and legacy built overtime, and to sustain the business in the long term.
“Whilst we are sad about Tom’s departure, we are also very excited about his new opportunity as Managing Director ÔÇô Lesotho, and are confident that he will be given the necessary support, resources and room to flourish and continue to grow professionally. After all, we firmly believe in working and winning in teams,” said Matsela.