The board of the Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) has hit the ground running to prepare for change at the commission. BNSC chairperson Solly Reikeletseng said there is need for change otherwise there will be no use to have changed from the council. Reikeletseng said this at BNSC’s Special General Meeting in Gaborone on Thursday. He said for change to fully take place systemic process must be undertaken to ensure that no one and no aspect of the new dispensation is left out. He explained that now that the board is in place they want a smooth transition from the repealed act to the new one.
“As you would know we have engaged the services of a legal consultant to assist in the interpretation of every aspect of the Commission’s Act. This is because we want to identify gaps on the transition from the repealed Act to the new one,” said Reikeletseng. Furthermore, a change management and strategy consultant has been identified to help facilitate in the transformation period. In their short stay in office the board has already started the process of developing regulations to operationalise the BNSC Act. The affiliates will be furnished with the draft document as soon as the paper is completed. Reikeletseng, however, said the business of the commission has not stopped but only the scope of delivery has increased with the increased functions of the sport commission.
BNSC affiliates concurred with Reikeletseng that change should happen calling for a change even at the secretariat. Some seem to be at pains with how things used to be done airing complaints that they always had challenges with the secretariat of the Sport Council which preceded the Commission. Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) president Moses Bantsi said he is happy with the change from a council to a commission. He, however, hopes this will bring something new even to the secretariat. “The secretariat of the sport council has taken us with the left hand and I believe the commission will change this,” he said. Bantsi was supported by table tennis officials.
Reacting to this Reikeletseng called on the affiliates not to alienate BNSC secretariat as it is part of them. “When we talk about the BNSC we talk about all of us; the board, secretariat and you as affiliates. As affiliates you are our bosses and we do whatever you instruct provided it is valid and procedural,” he said. He, however, said the secretariat is being restructured to reflect the new circumstances. He reiterated that if change is not there, there would be no use of having changed from council to commission. The new Sport Act came into effect in April this year and addresses many issues which the old one did not cover.