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FNB Botswana increases footprint with new Branch in Mochudi

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First National Bank of Botswana recently officially opened a new branch at Pilane Mall in Mochudi. The Bank’s 23rd Branch was officiated by the Governor of Bank of Botswana, Moses Pelaelo. The Bank, which has renewed its focus on customer-centricity, is making an effort to make banking easier and more accessible to more Batswana.

The opening of a branch in Mochudi is in line with the Bank’s expansion plan of increasing its footprint countrywide, in the interest of serving a wider customer base. FNBB CEO, Steven Bogatsu emphasised the importance of investing in infrastructure to make banking comfortable and convenient. “Taking banking to the people has always been a top priority at FNB, because we endeavour to save customers money and time spent travelling to another location to access banking facilities. Our presence here in Mochudi also presents us with an opportunity to bank the unbanked bankable population”, said Steven Bogatsu.

Mochudi Branch boasts a number of quality services such as self-service zones where customers can view their accounts and print statements, Internet banking Kiosks, ATMs and ATMs with Deposit. All these modern facilities are part of the bank’s effort to continue to offer enhanced services in response to local demand, hence making banking more flexible and convenient for customers.

Mochudi Branch opening follows the recent relocation of Kanye and Mahalapye Branches to a more spacious location and the refurbishment of the Gaborone Industrial branch. Over the last five years, FNB has grown organically to be the largest bank in the country. The bank’s total assets increased from P13.9 billion in December 2011 to P23.6 billion in June 2017. In the same period, loans and advances rose from P8.3 billion to P15.6 billion, while deposits grew from P11.8 billion to P18.7 billion.

The bank employs a total of 1 269 staff members, most of whom are Batswana; it has a network of 23 branches, 150 cash dispensing Automated Teller Machines, 51 Automated Teller Machines that have deposit taking capabilities, 25 Slimline Automated Teller Machines and 5 600 point of sales machines in retail outlets all over the country.

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ADB grants BDC P4m for capacity building

Koobonye Ramokopelwa

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BDC head of human capital, Thabile Moipolai

African Development Bank has granted Botswana Development Corporation (BDC) over P4 million for training and capacity building of its staff members, the latter’s Managing Director, Bashi Gaetsaloe has disclosed.

The grant, which is $400,000 could not have come at a better time for BDC which has just begun a foray into the African continent. According to the Head of Human Capital at the investment arm of government, Thabile Moipolai, the grant will be used in areas such as investment, legal and risk, the three divisions which are considered critical as they continue to push the five -year strategy.

BDC has been given the leeway to invest outside Botswana and already some investments are being made in West Africa. Capacitating the staff in the above areas will come in handy for the African expansion.

Moipolai was answering a question from The Midweek Sun on Friday during the company’s annual stakeholder briefing where operational and financial reports for 2017/2018 were made public. The grant will be utilised in the next two years. BDC has reiterated its plan to continue to invest initiatives which are aimed at developing and retaining staff members.

“As we continue to build a strong BDC for the future, continuous learning and development is critical for our business success and therefore remains a priority area for Human Capital,” BDC 2017 annual report reads.

BDC has also developed a future focused competency based training that will be used to make informed learning and development decisions. “The (BDC) academy will also help BDC produce future leaders that are fluid and progressive through a bespoke leadership development,” reads the report.

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KBL announces return of Kickstart program

Koobonye Ramokopelwa

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Previous kickstart beneficiaries

Kgalagadi Breweries Limited, a unit of Sechaba has announced the return of Kickstart, a youth entrepreneurial development program that was suspended three years due to lack of financial resources, Managing Director, Renaud Beauchamp has told the media.

Before the program was put on ice, it had benefited over 70 small medium enterprises with funding, mentoring and market access assistance. According to Beauchamp, the revamped Kickstart will start next year, with an annual budget of about P1, 5 million. “We plan to invest in 15 new businesses every year,” he said at a press briefing which also announced a price reduction for its alcohol brands such as St Louis, Castel Lite and Black Label.

Successful applicants will receive about P200, 000 grants to execute their business ideas. Beauchamp stated that, they have been able to reintroduce Kickstart from ‘freed capital’ as a result of the recent reduction in Alcohol Levy from 55 percent to 35 percent. The clear beer price reduction comes after the Alcohol Levy, which made beer expensive, was slashed by President Mokgweetsi Masisi regime some few months ago.

Meanwhile, Assistant Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment has announced changes in trading hours for businesses that trade with liquor.

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