BMC Privatisation Welcome, But...

On Friday last week, the Public Enterprises Evaluation and Privatisation Agency (PEEPA) announced start of work towards ending the Botswana Meat Commission’s (BMC) beef export monopoly.

PEEPA chief executive officer, Obakeng Moumakwa revealed that Deloitte Consulting has been selected as the preferred Transaction Advisors for the concession of the Maun Abattoir while Minchin & Kelly are the preferred Consultants for the Privatisation of BMC. We hail the move on the part of government in an effort to liberalise the beef industry. Quite clearly, the BMC privatisation has long been overdue when one considers its past travails.

However, as it stands, many observers fear that the privatisation of the Commission would result in loss of jobs, as new owners will shed off excess labour to improve efficiency and also cut the workforce to prepare for privatisation. There is uncertainty about job losses when BMC is privately owned.

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Routine child vaccination imperative

The recent Vaccination Day in Motokwe, orchestrated through collaborative efforts between UNICEF, USAID, BRCS, and the Ministry of Health, underscores a commendable stride towards fortifying child health services.The painful reality as reflected by the Ministry of Health's data regarding the decline in routine immunisation coverage since the onset of the pandemic, is a cause for concern.It underscores the urgent need to address the...

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