The Chairman of eBotswana Television Mike Klinck passed away on Thursday. He was 51 years old. Mike, as he was popularly known, is a media person who worked in several local media outlets before he bought his own television station. He worked in the media industry for a long time before he took a lucrative executive job at Barclays Botswana for almost two decades. One of his highlights was when he managed to win a case against SABC and Sentech for illegally broadcasting in Botswana.
EBotswana Television’s Christina Mwaipopo said that they were informed about the passing of Mike in the evening on the 15th of October. Staff at eBotswana office carried on with their normal schedule, and Mwaipopo said that is what Mike would have wanted them to do. She said from the beginning of this year Mike has been building them to stand on their own more so that they are young people as if he knew this time is coming. “He has put that expectation in us that every time we have to do the best in everything that we do and that is exactly what we are doing now,” she said. According to Mwaipopo, the tragedy that befell them has even equipped them to work really hard.
She recognised that Mike believed in self-development. He always allowed them to do anything and helped them in anything that will help them get better at their jobs, which resulted in them being sponsored in short courses. She referred to eBotswana as Mike’s baby and she applauded his leadership. “He was a leader that was able to translate his vision to us and we will see what he means,” she said. Mwaipopo said Mike was straight forward; where he did not like something he will say that to someone’s face and he will make sure he sits down with them and help them. She remembered him with the words “corporate governance is the licence to run the business, so if the structures are in place, even if the person is not there things will move on because the structures are in place”. His funeral service will be on Saturday in Francistown.