Debswana managers fault restructuring exercise

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Debswana Managing Director, Blackie Marole has dismissed as self-serving, complaints from his senior employees querying the company's restructuring. About 30 of the employees say they are not against the restructuring. But they have misgivings about the level of consultation and the application of a union negotiated settlement on management.

The employees have written to Marole showing their displeasure with the consultants carrying out the restructuring. "To say their grievances represent the grievances of all senior members, will be deceiving. They are pushing for their own self-interest. These are the same people who chose the consultants that they are now dismissing. The restructuring exercise started last year with full support of management. I do not serve only a few people. I have got 5000 workers to look after," Marole said. Mmegi understands that the restructuring project that was expected to be concluded smoothly now threatens to destabilise Debswana projects. Reports indicate that an undisclosed number of top managers and other key staff are opting for exit packages. It is reported the company has suspended a P90 million systems and procedures project because a key manager has left. Reports say it would cost P30 million to restart the project.

Marole could not give reasons for the postponement of the project. But he denied that the postponement has anything to do with the departure of the team leader. "How can one man's  leaving cause a project of this magnitude to collapse? The project is managed by a team of professionals, who are locals, and I am the head," he said.

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