BotswanaPost

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BotswanaPost
Parastatal
IndustryCommunication
Founded1989
HeadquartersGaborone, Botswana
Key people
Martin Makgatlhe, Chairman
Pele Moleta, Chief Executive Officer
Cortney Sethebe, Human Resources Manager[1]
ServicesPostal Services
Websitehttp://www.botspost.co.bw

BotswanaPost is the company responsible for postal service in Botswana. It is a parastatal company, 100% owned by the Government of Botswana, under the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology.[2]

Unveiling of the new stamp by Botswana post CEO Ramatlhakwane.
Unveiling of the new stamp 2017

History[edit]

The postal service in Botswana dates back to 1875, when the London Missionary Society established the serve. Back then, pairs of "runners" carried mail between two points on a stretch from Bulawayo in present-day Zimbabwe, to Mafikeng, in present-day South Africa. Later, after the railway had been built, the train replaced the runners on foot. In the late 1990s the Botswana postal department acquired its own fleet of vehicles to carry mail and parcels. The postal department that the missionaries established in the late 19th Century evolved into the Bechuanaland Protectorate Postal Services. At Botswana's independence in 1966, it rebranded into the Department of Posts and Telegraphs. At that time the services offered included the Post Office Savings Bank.

In 1980, the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation was spun off as an independent parastatal. Two years later, Botswana Savings Bank was also spun off as an independent institution. Finally the BotswanaPost became a separate entity in 1989. Botswana Savings Bank has an agreement with BotswanaPost, to offer banking services through the nearly one hundred and twenty (120) postal outlets throughout Botswana.[3]

Appointed Chief executive officer of Botswana Post 2017[edit]

Cornelius Ramatlhakwane (CEO Botswana Post), Speaking at the Kgotla meeting in Masunga for the World Telecommunications and information Society day 2017

Mr Cornelius Ramatlhakwana is the new appointed ceo of the Botswana post succeeding from Pele Moleta’s abrupt resignation in March.[4] The appointment of Ramatlhakwane, who is currently the Head of Business Development within Botswana Post, was made public by the Board. Botswana Post Head of Strategy and Communications, Lebogang Bok confirmed Ramatlhakwane’s appointment with a short statement
It is not clear what will happen to the current acting Chief Executive, Setshedi Botlhole-Mmopi who was appointed shortly after the abrupt departure of Moleta who now works as Chief Operations Officer for Barclays Bank Botswana. Following the departure of Moleta, the board appointed Setshedi Botlhole-Mmopi as Acting Chief Executive. Moleta together with former Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Kutlwano Mswela resigned from Poso House under unclear circumstances.

During his tenure at Botswana Post, Moleta was given the name “The Post Man” which he accepted with pride and enthusiasm. Botswana Post recorded massive losses over the years, but that misfortune seemed to motivate him to relentlessly sell his vision of charting the organization into profitability, which he made sure drummed far louder than the post office’s hardships.

Before his departure, Moleta pinned the future of Botswana Post on technology and innovation. He introduced, among others Poso Cloud, which sought to bridge the digital divide with its offer of public Wi-Fi hotspots. He leveraged on the post office’s national footprint to forge easy access payment agreements with other organisations like cell phone network providers, power and water utilities as well as roads department. All these fell under the portfolio of Ramatlhakwane, who was then business Development Manager.[5] It was perhaps his previous role, on which the future of BotswanaPost was underpinned, that set him as the best man to take the post office forward.

Philatelic Museum[edit]

Botswana Post have established a small philatelic museum in their headquarters in Gaborone.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BotswanaPost Keen To Forge Ahead
  2. ^ OstaMyy. "Couriers Botswana - Post Courier Services". www.ostamyy.com. Retrieved 2017-08-17.
  3. ^ "History of BotswanaPost". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2010-11-05.
  4. ^ Botswana post newly appointed ceo
  5. ^ appointed as new Botswana post Ceo
  6. ^ Botswana’s “second” museum to stamp its authority Archived April 20, 2013, at the Wayback Machine by Bashi Letsididi, Sunday Standard, online edition, 9 September 2007. Archived here.

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