I trust this communication finds you well. It is with mixed emotions that I write to share an important update regarding the leadership of the Botswana Federation of Trade Unions (BFTU).
As of today, 13th November 2023, I have officially stepped down from the position of Secretary General of the BFTU having served in the BFTU secretariat as Deputy SG (2014 -2018) and SG (2018 to date) for almost a decade, it has been a privilege and an honor to represent and serve the Botswana labour movement in these roles. I thank all the organisations, partners, comrades and constituents for the support and collaboration over the years in advocating for the rights and wellbeing of workers in Botswana and beyond.
My departure is not a matter of internal discord within the BFTU but for career advancement and I further express my deepest gratitude to the BFTU Executive Board, affiliates, Veterans, Youth and various structures for their unwavering support during my tenure as Secretary General.
In light of my departure, the General Council at its meeting held on the 11th November 2023 co-opted Cde Tshepiso Mbereki, who has been serving as the Deputy Secretary General, to the role of Secretary General with immediate effect. Cde Mbereki’s experience and commitment to the BFTU’s mission makes him well-suited to continue the federation’s advocacy for workers’ rights. Additionally Mpho Keatshabe, who has been the BFTU Gender Secretary, will now assume the position of Deputy Secretary General.
I appreciate your understanding and I am sure you will give Cdes Mbereki and Keatshabe the same support you gave me.
Please address future communications to bftustaff@gmail.com
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the BFTU and the welfare of workers in Botswana.