The Institute of People Management (IPM) was launched in Botswana on Friday. The Executive Director of the South African-based organisation, Elijah Litheko, officiated at the event that attracted local heavyweights of the Human Resource profession. Litheko said their mandate is to make sure that they have recognised community of expert practitioners in the field. They are affiliated to World Federation of People Management Association (WFPMA) through the African Human Resource Confederation. He said with Botswana now having launched its own branch they must mobilise their own resources.
Litheko said that it was important that everyone who comes on board should have the vibrancy and positive energy to animate everything, blending of unique strengths, and augment experience by infusing fresh perspective. He said that as HR professionals, they should aspire to be leaders that make everyone smarter. Among the organisations that were represented there was Barclays Botswana, Botswana Railways, Botswana Examinations Council (BEC), Land Board and Kromberg and Schubert. One of the volunteers said that the reason she volunteered was because she wants to be part of the change in Botswana’s human resource capital since they want Botswana to move from being functional HR to strategic HR. One of the young practitioners Mmoloki Mmolotsi - a Principal Human Resource Officer for Water Utilities Corporation – revealed that he has been part of IPM for the past 10 years even before it came to Botswana. He said having local chapter will allow them as practitioners to build a solid human resource capital in the country.
Mmolotsi said it is time they made HR fashionable again so that companies would know that they are strategic partners. Barclays Botswana Human Resource Director Richard Malikongwa said he was highly motivated to be part of the team that takes IPM Botswana chapter to better heights. He is one of the top professionals that pledged their time and skill to make sure that the Botswana chapter grows. IPM provides its members with access to the latest information, knowledge, expertise, training and development, and networks in people management.