Leburu retires; Letshwiti retained
AGM scheduled for 28th September 2021
The Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL) Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for September 28, 2021 in Gaborone, will confirm the appointment of Boitumelo Molefe and Thato Kewakae as new Directors.
The duo have offered themselves for appointment. “The Board recommends the appointment of these Directors,” reads part of the notice of the 2021 AGM.
Boitumelo Molefe has over 20 years’ experience mostly in business units requiring improvements and business start ups. She has experience in strategy development, cost optimization, investments and financial management and reporting. Molefe was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Botswana Public Officers Pension Fund (BPOPF) where she was responsible for establishing strategic policies, overseeing the Pension Fund operations, including investment management.
Prior to that she was the Chief Financial Officer of Bokamoso Private Hospital where she played a key role in developing, monitoring and evaluating the overall corporate strategy with emphasis on bottom line performance, working capital and enhanced shareholder value. She has worked for the Debswana Group of Companies in various roles. She started her career as an Accountant and rose through the ranks to become the Chief Financial Officer and also Chief Executive Officer of the Debswana Pension Fund. She also held the role of Group Supply Chain Manager for Debswana Group.
Molefe has extensive board experience, having sat on the boards of numerous entities such as Mascom Wireless, BancABC, Botswana Bulding Society, Healthcare (Pty) Ltd, Sechaba and various property companies. She holds a CIMA qualification including the FCMA, CGMA, FCPA from Botswana Accountancy College.
Thato Kewakae is a well-rounded business professional and Executive with a business and ICT background that is supplemented by working experience from across many industry verticals. He has extensive experience in leading growth in private sector business, consultancy and support services for government and state-owned enterprises, financial and telecommunications sector clients. He has worked with professionals in other areas such as strategy, policy and data analysis and has experience in the corporate sector involved in Executive leadership in developing systems, quality assurance, innovative products and supervising projects that lead to inclusion of members of society that were previously not included in mainstream financial and digital products.
He has served as Managing Director at Cabling for Africa (Pty) Ltd, Botswana for six years. He also worked as the Information Systems Manager at the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA). His most recent post was Chief Operations Officer at Botswana Post, where he also previously served as Manager for Special Projects and then Chief Information Officer. Kewakae currently sits on the Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC) Board and is part of the Finance/ Audit and HR committees. He graduated from the University of Botswana with Master of Business Administration and also holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Science) from Birla Institute of Technology in India. He has also successfully completed the Executive Development Program at the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town and a Project Management Course at Wits University.
BTCL Board has also recommended that the AGM, which will be conducted via audio and virtual communication, re-elect Lorato Boakgomo-Ntakhwana and Maclean Letshwiti as Directors. The AGM will also note the retirement of Serty Leburu as a Director, and approve the remuneration paid to non-executive Directors of the company for the year ended March 31, 2021 as reflected in the annual report.
Further, the AGM will receive, consider and adopt the audited financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2021, together with the report of the auditors and report of the Audit and Risk Committee as contained in the annual report. The meeting will also seek to approve a full and final dividend of 8.44 thebe per share that was declared by directors and paid by the company.