BNOC elections: Ladies ready to take charge!  

SHARE   |   Monday, 25 September 2017   |   By Othusitse Tlhobogang
BNOC elections: Ladies ready to take charge!  

The race for the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) executive leadership has drawn stiff interest with intriguing presence of an all-women lobby list spearheaded by Botswana Netball Association President Tebogo LebotseSebego. New leadership is being elected for the period – 2017 to 2021.  The ladies’ campaign is anchored on ‘go big or go home’ aptly captured by the tagline #BokgoniFela.  They argue that as women who have already attained the highest of achievements academically and professionally including in sports administration, they will not be using the gender card, (as expected by most) but want their credentials to speak for them, hence their slogan: #BokgoniFela

Below is a snippet of their profiles:

Tebogo Lebotse Sebego – President

Vying for the top seat, the presidency, SebegoLebotse is a Communications and Public Relations Professional – holding the position of chief communication officer at cellular behemoth Mascom. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Communications and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Botswana. She is a former netball player who started playing the sport in 1984 and has captained both the Under 21 and Senior Netball Teams.  After retiring as an athlete in 2003 she started sports administration, and has been the President of BONA since 2007. SebegoLebotse’s work has received the following recognitions:  2010 Chairperson’s Award, BNSC Sports Awards, and 2013 Administrator of the Year Award, BNSC Sports Awards and is due to receive the Presidential Certificate of Honour (PCH). As BONA President she led and won the bid for Botswana to host the Netball World Youth Cup 2017 (NWYC2017). She is also the President of Africa Netball (AN), the supreme body of Netball in Africa.SebegoLebotse also represents Africa as Board Director of the INF, the world supreme body of Netball and sits the Commercial Working Group of the INF and has also been appointed to the Jury of Appeal for the Netball World Cup in 2015 and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (Netball). She is also the founder of Basadi Bomme Trust, an initiative aimed at resource mobilization and support for female sports.

Naledi Dikgomo-Goulden: Senior Vice President

Dikgomo-Goulden armed with Masters in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts (Public Administration & Sociology) and employed as Corporate Affairs Manager in Debswana, believes she possesses all the right requirements for the job. “I bring with me a wealth of knowledge expertise, commitment driven by passion and energy to serve sport underpinned by my experience in both corporate world and sport. I offer a fresh perspective based on the appreciation of BNOC through serving in its various sub-committees and LOC for over 10 years as a volunteer,” said Dikgomo-Goulden. She has worked for government in the then Ministry of Communication Science and Technology, various parastatals and private companies including BTC, Mascom and Debswana. In these organisations, she served as Head of Marketing and International Relations, Principal Policy Officer, Corporate Social Responsibility, Community Relations, Corporate Affairs and Communication. Dikgomo-Goulden have served as Secretary General and Vice President in Botswana Softball Association and in various BNSC Sub- Structures including major sports events of both national and international magnitude heading Marketing, branding and Communication Sub-Committees. Serving in these forums has helped her amass the necessary level of appreciation of sports marketing, communication, branding and sponsors plus media relationship management enough to reposition BNOC. She still serves, since 2004, as member of LOC responsible for Marketing, Branding and Communication including Procurement Sub-Committee at BNOC.

Keenese Katisenge – 1st Vice President

The youthful chess administrator comes a long way in sports administration. As a volunteer in sport, she serves at both local and international level for the African Chess Confederation, World Chess Federation, Botswana Football Association and the Botswana Volleyball Federation. In August 2017 she officially registered Limitless Minds Chess Academy and also volunteer as head of Marketing for Gaborone International Meet (Athletics). She first joined sport administration transitioning from being a player to administrator and her first administration appointment was with the Chess Clubs Committee where she served as Secretary while still studying at the University of Botswana. In 2011 she joined the BCF Executive Committee as an additional member, before being appointed Secretary General in the Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) Executive Committee in 2012. In 2013, she was elected unopposed as the first Public Relations Director for Botswana Chess Federation 2013-2017. In 2015, Katisenge was recognised and awarded the sports administrator of the Year Award at the Botswana National Sports Council Awards for her efforts in advancing chess in Botswana under the guidance of the Botswana Chess Federation. She also serves as the Secretary of the African Chess Confederation Women’s Commission since 2014. She is a Sales, Marketing and Customer Retention Specialist currently working as a Brand Manager for Pula Medical Aid Fund under Associated Fund Administrators Botswana (AFA). Katisenge continues to serve both the professional and sporting sectors in Botswana diligently and with honour. She completed her Bachelors’ Degree Programme in Business Administration (Majoring in Marketing) at the University of Botswana in 2009, and is currently pursuing her Post Graduate Diploma in Enterprise Risk Management with the Botswana Accountancy College and also studying Advanced Sport Management Course (ASMC) with the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC). 

Anastasia Makwa – 2nd Vice President

Makwa is an Accountant by Profession and has a Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Finance from University of Botswana, and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Management from the University of Derby and is currently employed as Portfolio Executive at Citizen Entrepreneurship Development Agency (CEDA). She has played softball since 1988, playing for the Softball National Team from 1994 to 2003. Thereafter she was appointed to the Treasurer post at both club level (2003-2008) and Zonal level (2003-2008). From 2007 to 2013, she served in the National Executive Committee of Botswana Softball Association (BSA) as Vice President Finance, during which she set up a Softball Office and Introduced some important Internal controls. “For the first time, BSA managed to produce unqualified set of accounts by an independent auditor as a direct result of my efforts. Together with the NEC we managed to raise funds to clear the debt that the Association had at the time and turned the Association into a viable venture, “she said

Irene Ntelamo – Additional Member

Ntelamo is a qualified Teacher of English and Art, qualified Librarian, certified Boxing Referee/- Judge and a qualified Olympic Sport Administrator. She is the first Motswana woman to sit in Botswana Boxing Association Executive Committee, Africa Boxing Confederation and AIBA International Boxing. She aims to aid development and efficiency in sports as per the Olympic regulations and in consideration of the needs and expectations of the affiliated codes and other stake holders, specifically the empowerment and sustainability of codes in the struggle for survival and recognition if voted into the committee. Record of her achievements, includes recognition for excellence in Junior Certificate National academic results. She has among others contributed to the introduction and implementation of Africa 2017 initiative at AIBA International Boxing body (AIBA) upgrading Africa Boxing through courses for officials, coaches, boxers and donation of equipment (July 2017) and contributed to the establishment and launch of Women Boxing in Botswana Boxing as Vice Secretary General (2011). “It is my desire to continue serving sport in Botswana in its varied levels and structures to produce quality and ideal athletes, coaches and strategic visionary Administrators for global competition. It is your vote that will actualise this.”

Yarona Sharp – Additional Member

Sharp is a young but rather accomplished attorney at law. Her interest in sports dates back to her days as a basketball player both during her student days and as national team player. She intends to utilise her legal background in the betterment of BNOC and its processes. “The BNOC was formed some 39 years ago, in the year 1978, and since its inception it has not had an in-house volunteer counsel to advice on legal matters. For a Committee of this magnitude to lack legal support, in such an evolving world, is, to say the least, rather odd and frankly a call for concern,” Sharp states in her campaign statement. Her role in the Committee she says will be simply to: ensure that Botswana conforms to its mandate under the said instruments, guarantee that the Board’s internal and external procedures are adhered to, and make sure that any legal developments within the BNOC are brought to the attention of its Affiliates, stakeholders and the general public. “Put differently, I will speak to the legalities of the BNOC and any public or private bodies associated to it,” she says. Sharp aims to advocate for ‘minor sports codes’, who form a majority of the BNOC Affiliates and have not in the past been given or had the platform to voice their aspirations or frustrations regarding the growth, or otherwise, of their sport. Sharp attained her degree from the University of Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg. She started her career as a Legal Intern at the Ministry of Investment Trade and Industry where her work included International Trade Law, negotiation, contract drafting, and rendering of legal opinion. Subsequently, she joined the Administration of Justice as a Trainee Magistrate and was later employed by the Attorney General as a Civil Litigator. She recently joined Botswana Post Legal Unit.