The Director of Public Service Management (DPSM) Ruth Maphorisa is tipped to join the board of Botswana Public Officers Pension Fund (BPOPF) as an employer trustee, if government gets her way. Sources at government enclave said Maphorisa's name will be proposed at the BPOPF board meeting this week and submitted for vetting. She is being deployed to the multi-billion pula pension fund to replace one employer trustee who passed away last year. Already there is talk that Maphorisa is being positioned strategically to take over the chairmanship of the board from her boss Carter Morupisi who is expected to vacate the post when his term expires.Another source says even if Maphorisa is appointed a trustee it is not given that she will become chairperson, as all trustees in the board will have to elect a chairman of their choice. But history shows that ever since establishment the employer party has always managed to secure the chairmanship for one of their own against the trade union trustees. The position is strategic to government in that the chairman can influence major decisions to be taken by the board of the fund.
Maphorisa is a career public servant. She was appointed director of the Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM) on promotion following the appointment of Carter Morupisi as the Permanent Secretary to the President. She ascended to DPSM from the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture where she was permanent secretary. Maphorisa started work in the civil service as district officer in Maun under the then district commissioner Eric Molale, before the latter was transferred to Gaborone. She was later appointed a full District Commissioner in Ghanzi just before she was replaced by Jefferson Siamisang, when she was promoted to Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government. Before long she was at the helm of Ministry of Education and Skills Development as Permanent Secretary; a Ministry she left under unclear circumstances after a short stint to take up the same position at the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture where stayed for four years.
Maphorisa was in the past appointed the deputy chairperson of the Bargaining Council for employer party. Some union party trustees believed she was suitable for the post, with all things equal as the DPSM director being the employer and the mandate giver. They said therefore her new appointment would be beneficial to the business of the council to avoid adjournments to seek mandate from the employer, which delays negotiations. As one of the pioneers of the Bargaining Council she went on benchmarking exercise in different countries ahead of the establishment of the structure as outlined in the Public Service Act, implemented in 2010. She gained valuable experience from the lessons learnt. She has potential to better deal with issues of the public service than any other director of DPSM. She is better positioned to appreciate the concerns of public servants.