Klink Passes On

Mike Klink
Mike Klink

The managing director of the country’s only private television station e-Botswana, Mike Klink, is no more. Klink passed away at a private hospital Thursday afternoon after being sick for some time. He will be laid to rest in Francistown on Saturday.

According to his elder brother, Steven Ludick, the Roman Catholic Church where Klink was a staunch member will host a Memorial Service today (Monday) at St Bernadette Cathedral. “e-Botswana and Limkokwing University of Creative Technology where he was a board member are also planning a memorial service,” said Ludick. He said his brother was hospitalised at Princess Marina Hospital a week ago before he was transferred to a private hospital after nine days, but lost the fight.

Financial Accountant at e-Botswana, Christina Mwaipopo, described the passing away of Klink as tragic. “Mike believed in every one of his employees, he wanted to see personal development in everyone, he empowered and encouraged all of us to do our best.” Mwaipopo said they will continue working hard to take the station in the direction Klink had wanted.

A trained media professional, Klink worked in the local print media enroute to joining Barclays Bank Botswana where he worked for almost two decades.

As e-Botswana boss, Klink put on a famous fight against South Africa’s satellite company Sentec, for allowing the SABC channels to be viewed on Chinese decoders in Botswana, something he said was disadvantaging his business.

As a result of the case, Sentec switched off SABC channels from Chinese decoders, but decided to appeal the judgement which sought to award Klink an estimated P10 million in compensation.

Even though he departed before he could realise his dream of seeing e-Botswana go national, Klink was determined and was quoted in one of the local newspapers saying, “people must just give us a chance to prove ourselves and to show them what we have to offer. We cannot make noise about barring SABC here and even go to an extent of a lawsuit when we have nothing to offer. We have great things lined up and Batswana will be so proud of us as a TV station because they will just love our programmes.”

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