BotswanaPost has appointed Setshedi Botlhole-Mmopi as the Acting Chief Executive effective April 1, 2015. This follows the resignation of Chief Executive Pele Moleta earlier this month.
Botlhole-Mmopi has served Botswana Post before as Chief Financial Officer where she is said to have turned the Finance and Procurement Department around, until 2013 when she was appointed head of mail business. “In that role she spearheaded operational efficiency improvements and innovations around physical mail. She also drove the ‘Addressing Botswana Project’, which is currently at pilot phase,’ reads the statement, issued by the Board Chairman, Pusoetsile Motau.
Her career spans across various industries including mining, banking, energy and telecommunications. She has held leadership positions at both national and regional level, which includes being head of Barclays Africa finance unit, at some stage based in South Africa. She currently serves on the Bank of Botswana board and Morupule Coal Mine boards.
“The board shall begin in earnest the process of facilitating the appointment of a substantive CEO of Botswana Post in consultation with the Board of the holding company Botswana Postal and Savings Group Ltd and parent Ministry of Transport and Communications.”
The outgoing Moleta is currently serving three months notice while waiting for the Minister of Transport and Communications, Tshenolo Mabeo, to release him. Moleta is said to be heading to Barclays Bank as Chief Operations Officer, a position market insiders said has been offered to him to understudy Reinette Van Der Merwe and eventually take over as managing director of the bank next year. Only three days after Moleta’s resignation, it surfaced the Post’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Kutlwano Mswela had also resigned, but Botswana Post Board Chairman Pusoetsile Motau was adamant that the latter’s exist had nothing to do with Moleta’s departure.
Botswana Post launched its second Inter-Postal money order transfer corridor with South Africa this week. This follows on the Zimbabwe money transfer corridor that was launched a while ago, in collaboration with ZimPost. Botswana Post and South African Post (SAPO) customers will now be able to send and receive money in real time, hassle free.
In a statement, the parastatal said with an insignificant levy, one could send or receive up to P5, 000 or R5, 000 per transaction, per day, at any Post Office in Botswana and South Africa. “This is one of Botswana Post’s efforts to grow the corridor network to all SADC postal organisations as they realise the niche to facilitate easier access to services for our people traveling through-out SADC destinations on either business or leisure,” read the statement.