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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Botswana deserves ideal political leaders

This remains to be seen, particularly as opposite unity has been seeing its ups and downs. In 2012, three opposition parties namely the Botswana National Front (BNF), the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD), and the Botswana National Front (BNF) formed a political alliance under the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC). The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) would, after rebuffs, join the coalition in 2017.The promise made by the coalition to its...

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