Air Botswana to cut workforce by half

Air Botswana Chairman Tebogo Masire and MD Agnes Khunwana PIC. THALEFANG CHARLES
Air Botswana Chairman Tebogo Masire and MD Agnes Khunwana PIC. THALEFANG CHARLES

Air Botswana is separating from its ground-handling operations and establishing a wholly-owned company where affected staff will be re-employed, as a way of returning to profitability by refocusing on core operations.

The airline’s chairman, Tebogo Masire told journalists earlier that ground-handling staff comprised “up to two thirds” of Air Botswana’s 450 employees, but were not core to the business. 

The parastatal plans to trim down from 450 to 210 employees, with the majority of departures headed to the new subsidiary, while a “minimal” number will face the retrenchment axe. 

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