Bayendi primed for BNOC role

Talking progress: Bayendi PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Talking progress: Bayendi PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

Botho Bayendi made history last week when she became the first woman to be appointed the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) chief executive officer.

It was an unexpected appointment, which is a departure from the usual choice of sportspeople for the top post. Bayendi, born and raised in Moshupa, signed a five-year contract that will keep her at the helm of the local Olympics sports body. “I am a child in a family of seven. Growing up I was the strongest, playful and hyper one in the family. When I was recently asked what I have played, I told them that I played traditional games (dibeke, koi and mohele). At one point I played mohele with the boys.

I view myself as having been brought up in a traditional Setswana background,” she said. Bayendi said like most children then, they used to go to the cattlepost. During school days, she stayed with her siblings and visited her mother during the school holidays. She also stayed with her grandmother. “After completing my schooling in Moshupa Senior Secondary School, I went to serve my Tirelo Sechaba in Hukuntsi in the Animal Health and Production department.

Editor's Comment
Happy Independence!

We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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