Tuesday, December 7, 2021

‘Its business as usual at Botswana Post’-Board Chair

Botswana Post board chairman Polokoetsile Motau on Monday gave assurances that the post office will service the shock resignation of two of its executive staff members. Addressing a press conference on Monday after the resignation of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Pele Moleta and Chief Finance Officer (CFO) Kutlwano Mswela, the board chairman said it is business as usual at Botswana Post as there are capable individuals who can continue running the organisation.

He also said the board has accepted Moleta’s resignation and has forwarded the matter to the Ministry of Transport and Communication (MTC).

“There is a mandatory three months notice that he has to serve. But we don’t expect any major problems because there are capable and experienced employees within the post office who are likely to take over,” he said.

However, Motau did not give a specific time frame within which the acting CEO will be appointed.

“This now marks a period of engagement with the parent Ministry and our holding company as we chart the way forward to identify a successor,” he said.

He revealed that when Moleta interacted with the board six years ago he made it clear that he wants to transform Botswana Post into a leading profit making parastatal.

“He was always aware of government’s continued emphasis for state-owned enterprises to be prudent with resources, to manage inefficiencies and exploit available linkages for continued relevance in the business space they operate in,” said Motau.

He credited Moleta for sustaining the momentum of a quality service organization that Botswana Post has become synonymous with, a thread that runs through the enterprise’s strategy document. For his part, Moleta said the board will have to recommend his successor to the Minister, who will either accept or decline the recommendation.

“I believe there is enough talent at Botswana Post to take over the reigns. I was able to fulfil my role with assistance and support from the executive, who did most of the work,” he said.

“Botswana Post has an intact succession plan and there are few names that are currently before the board. I will be responsible for ensuring smooth transition and I will give the incoming CEO my full support.”

Meanwhile, Setshedi Botlhole-Mmopi-Head of Mail Business and Cornelius Ramatlhakwane-Head of Business Development have been cited as possible replacements for Moleta.

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