First National Bank Botswana (FNBB), arguably the leading lender in the country is in the process of revamping its old branches and open new branches, its most senior executive has disclosed.
This infrastructure investment forms part of its strategy to standardise the look and feel of all its branches up to the year 2020. Speaking at the bank’s results presentation last Friday, FNBB Chief Executive Officer, Steven Bogatsu revealed that, “We are in the process of revamping six branches and in addition to that we will be opening two new branches under this financial year and the locations will be announced in due course.”
Some branches have already been refurbished, the Kanye branch being one of them. FNBB, which employées over 1200 people, services a large number of customers across the country with over 20 branches. From the bank’s 150 network of Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), 36 are automated real-time cash deposit (ADT) machines and the aim is to roll out 50 by end of the year, targeting to have three of these ADTs in each branch.
Slimline mini ATMs are set to also increase from the current 34 to 70, facilitating greater access and a wider geographical footprint for these channels. ‘All branches are targeted to have a minimum of three self-service devices including ADTs and ATMs and most villages will have at least one slimline ATM. We have also made provision for non-FNB card holders to use their ATM cards on FNB slimline ATMs,’ he said.
Meanwhile, Bogatsu revealed that the bank is not yet where it wants to be in terms of service. “A customer survey was conducted and it was established that the FNBB staff are not very welcoming. Our strategy is therefore based on customer centricityservice excellence, sales and solutions, and people. We will strive to improve on these perceptions and do what is right according to our customers,” he said.
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Gov’t swiftly acts on BMC
Government has moved swiftly to place Botswana Meat Commission under the care of a management firm; the move is meant to put the Commission into shape both operationally and financially.
This was disclosed by Finance and Economic Development Minister, Dr Thapelo Matsheka, further stating the BMC is technically insolvent despite having received nearly P1billion as a bailout in recent times. The new management company will run BMC, which is based in Lobatse starting on the 2020/2021 financial year.
The finance minister made it crystal clear that, the move to appoint a caretaker firm for BMC was made to protect the interests of all stakeholders, including farmers. According to Matsheka, the Minister of Agriculture Development and Food Security, Dr Edwin Dikoloti will provide more details on the BMC changes in due course during his committee of supply speech. Government is also proceeding with the conversion of BMC to a company under the Companies Act following the approval of BMC Transition Bill and subsequent repeal of the old Act.
The repealing of the BMC Act has since eliminated the monopoly of the Commission when it comes to beef and cattle export. The repeal has also enabled government to establish a beef regulator which will be responsible for regulating the beef and the cattle sector. “Another aspect of the transition is the ultimate privatization of BMC.
The objective of the privatization of BMC is, among others, to engage the private sector in the ownership and management of the BMC to achieve operational efficiency and profitability, as well as reduce Government’s future financial commitments in the entity. This would be an important process in the transformation of the beef and cattle sector,” noted Matsheka. BMC which is 100 percent owned by government has been operating with losses for many years due to internal and external challenges such as poor supply and Foot and Mouth Disease(FMD).