G4S on Wednesday rewarded its longest serving and retiring members of staff. The ceremony, which was held in Gaborone, saw the company rewarding its longest serving members who have been with the company for 15 years and above. The awards were divided into four categories, starting with 15 years, 20 years, 25 years and the last category being 35 years plus. A number of employees were rewarded in the first category with the number going down as the figure of years served went up. Only one recipient had served the company for 35 years. Employees were drawn from various segments of the company and given certificates as well as cheques which varied on the number of years one had worked. The company Managing Director, Mokgethi Magapa appreciated the employees’ dedication to the company over the years. He said the company was where it was because of them and therefore they had to appreciate their efforts even including those who were retiring from service. Magapa said for people to work for G4S, which currently has a staff of 2800, for such periods was indication that the company was a good employer.
Guest speaker at the event, Human Resource Director at FNB Botswana and also G4S Non-Executive Director, Gaone Macholo said the company has over the years made strategic decisions, including acquisitions of other companies in order to survive. She said this was a process through which G4S renewed itself for survival in the market. Macholo told those who were retiring that it was her hope that the company has contributed to their lives and those close to them in various ways and urged those who were remaining behind to also prepare for retirement well on time so that it doesn’t appear like retirement caught them by a surprise.