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(From Mmegi / The Reporter (Botswana) - AAGM)
Byline: Joel Konopo
If he is a troubled man, BMC chief executive officer, Dr Raborokgwe does not show it. Like one used to having a thousand cameras trained on him, he exhibits no strain of nervousness as he takes the podium to address Members of Parliament about the "Status of the BMC" at Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC).
For someone who has been through numerous corporate trials and tribulations at BMC, Raborokgwe does not shy away from the fact that the organisation he heads is embedded in structural and managerial inefficiencies. "We are not lazy, it is because we do not have animals to kill, if they come, these animals do not have enough meat," he explains as if responding to a question. Raborokgwe is evidently wary of extolling his envisaged contribution to the organisation, as CEO of an ailing BMC that has made profit only four times since 1995.
He points to a myriad of challenges contributing to BMC inefficiencies, which include the inability to meet EU quota due to low off-take, high costs of complying with the EU requirements in the plant, high costs of transport from production areas to BMC; the fear of measles condemnation and - competition from local and South African markets, his list is endless. During the Tuesday meeting …