Business Botswana, formerly known as BOCCIM, held a successful golf day and dinner on August 7, 2015. This was an inaugural event for the organisation since their transformation. Over 40 companies participated in the golf tourney and some had their stalls on display. Different stakeholders graced the golf day that was held at Gaborone Golf Club and a dinner at the newly rebranded Avani Gaborone Hotel, former Gaborone Sun hotel. The president of Business Botswana Lekwalo Mosienyane expressed their excitement for being able to successfully celebrate their first event since the change of name, and on top of that to be able to do that with their stakeholders. According to him every city in Botswana should have a golf course since golf is a very good sport that helps with the development of the mind. He appreciated the key note speaker who was invited to speak at the dinner Adam Jones, the Managing Director of Wealth Magazine. “A new name signifies transformation for organised businesses and groupings,” he said. He urged Batswana to make sure that they embrace the change. He said the need for change was sparked by the BOCCIM strategy that was launched in 2008. He said they wanted to restructure BOCCIM so that they can fulfil their mandate with the private sector. He also recognised the European Union for the assistance that they have been giving them, as he affirmed that they will continue advocating for their members. Mosienyane assured that with the rebranded look they will certainly provide their clients with great special services. The anchor sponsor for the event was Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) fund. The president acknowledged MVA for standing by them as a big entity that deals with the welfare of people from all sectors who are involved in accidents. The CEO of Business Botswana Marea Machailo-Ellis was also available at the event.
MVA General Manager Mpule Ditirwa said they are proud of the opportunity to be the platinum sponsors of the golf tourney for the fifth year in a row, because that gives them the opportunity to take their services out there. She advised companies to partner with them in events because they need those opportunities to fulfil their mandate of trying to deal with the monster that is car accidents and how to help those who suffered them back to their normal lives. “To us disability is not inability, we work hard to make sure that disabled people from car accidents are able to rebuild their lives once again,” she said.
The keynote speaker for the day Adam Jones said he did not have many words to say to the business people that were there but all that he could say to them was to encourage them to acknowledge and understand that building relationships is a very important tool. Jones said he liked the new name Business Botswana as he strongly believes that on its own it can be able to open a lot of opportunities. “I strongly believe that it would open a new world of opportunities for the organisation,” he said. Some of the sponsors for the event were New Era College of Arts and Technology, Botswana Oil, First National Bank (FNB), Apex and Shell.