Connect with us

Business

Cresta, UB partnership bears fruit

Published

on

In 2010, Cresta Marakanelo and the University of Botswana (UB) merged the industry and academia to develop a comprehensive ‘on the job training’ programme which is now reaching six years. The two are bound by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which aims to identify two excelling graduates from the UB’s Tourism and Hospitality Department to be inducted into the two (2) year Cresta Management Development Programme.

“Over the years this is the main pool from which Cresta derives its management team,” explains Tawanda Makhaya, Managing Director at Cresta. Last week on 18th November, a small but befitting Excellence Award Ceremony was held at Cresta (Old Naledi) to honour and induct the latest two excelling UB Tourism and Hospitality graduates, Kamogelo Makgolo and Fikile Moswaane. The two young ladies, both 23-years-old, shone in their moment of pride as they expressed their gratitude to God, their support system in the form of family and mentors and to Cresta.

All the relevant players were in attendance at this award giving meet including Sandra Pabalinga, the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Manager at BQA who expressed her pleasure at the strategic merger. “One of our greatest concerns at BQA is the quality of education. Let’s not forget that quality is a moving target. In this case the Cresta Management Development Programme is accredited with us at the BQA”. Employers or companies tend to complain about the ‘lack of practical experience’ in regards to graduates, that they have more theory as compared to practice.

Hence Pabalinga is impressed by this coupling of industry and academia; specifically that industry in this instance is engaged and involved in bridging this gap. She said that BQA is currently auditing its clients or education and training institutions and providers and observes that there have been great improvements in this sector. Most importantly that clients now recognise the BQA as more than a regulator but a partner. “At the end of the day we regulate education and training so quality assurance standards are met for all training in the country,” said Pabalinga.

Another key player in the industry who spoke at the award ceremony and also motivated the two young exemplary women was Dr. Patrick Molutsi, CEO of the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC). “This is definitely a marriage of convenience between Cresta and the UB,” said Dr. Molutsi. One of their targets and defining features at the HRDC is to turn the education system from, ‘supply to demand driven’.

“These hands-on demand driven programmes will ensure that products of our institution come with practical experience,” said Dr. Molutsi adding and agreeing with Pabalinga that, “This will help with reducing the sharp cultural divide between industry and academia.” He explained that they benchmarked this training concept using a university in Finland recognised for its strong links with the hospitality industry. “We do not encourage hotels to create their own schools. We strongly believe in corporation, improving existing training programmes not starting your own as hotels.”

Professor Onkutlwile Othata, Dean of the Faculty of Business at the UB shared the numbers as they relate to the training programme at Cresta. “Since 2014 there have been 19 UB students absorbed for the six-month attachment. Cresta has also promised to take in 40 students for the internship programme starting January 2016,” stated Professor Othata.

The Cresta Management Development Programme has produced ‘industry giants’ added Makhaya. “We have trained credible names such as Godfrey Khupe and the late CEO of Fairgrounds Holdings, may his soul rest in peace. We have also trained the CEO of BTO,” said the MD beaming with pride.

Continue Reading
Comments

Business

ADB grants BDC P4m for capacity building

Koobonye Ramokopelwa

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

Business

KBL announces return of Kickstart program

Koobonye Ramokopelwa

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

Trending