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BNSC counts COVID-19 losses

Cash cow: BNSC has not received any income from its facilities due to inactivity PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
The Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) will lose significant revenue due to prolonged suspension of sporting activities, particularly football.

The Commission is the custodian of stadiums across the country, and makes up to P4 million per annum from renting out the facilities. It is also counting losses from non-stadiums usage.

BNSC chief executive officer, Falcon Sedimo said their income is mostly from Premier League matches, music festivals, BDF and Police day celebrations.

“It has now been three months without stadiums being used and it means we have suffered losses. When clubs continue to develop, we could have made more money this year. It is not only the league, the Orange FA Cup was also to be played. There was a big music festival that was scheduled for April, but had to be cancelled,” he said.

Furthermore, Sedimo said the BNSC development budget has been affected a lot. He said they were allocated funds to develop the Obed Itani Chilume Stadium in Francistown, but the project has been affected. Sedimo said the stadium has a poor drainage system and it has to be attended to, annually.

“The funds for that project have been affected. The recurrent budget has not been affected much, but I am not in a position to reveal the figures,” he said.

Sedimo said it is an issue that is before the relevant authorities, to discuss the budget.

When asked about the BNSC annual general meeting (AGM), which was last held

in 2018, he said the fourth industrial revolution suggests that they do things differently.

“It is true that we should have the AGM under the new normal, but that could only happen if the BNSC board gives us a go-ahead. We must bear in mind the numbers that we have. Technology might not allow other affiliates to connect for a long time in other areas,” he said. 

Sedimo said BNSC AGM could attract around 175 people, which includes 42 National Sport Associations (NSAs) with each sending two representatives. He said the board, secretariat and other stakeholders also attend.

Meanwhile, about four directors have resigned from the Commission. Sedimo said the restructuring exercise has been going on and it is expected to be finalised, within BNSC, at the end of July.

“It does not mean people would be going into offices. It is a long process because when it ends, strategic partners, being Department of Labour and workers unions should be engaged. We expect to finalise everything (with unions and labour) towards the end of the year. But negotiations might bring out other issues,” Sedimo said.

He confirmed the resignations of senior personnel, adding employees are allowed to look for greener pastures. Sedimo said it is not something peculiar to the BNSC.

“Those who left, we could not meet their demands,” he added.




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