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Board of Directors

Mandate of the Board

The Board’s mandate is, among others, to: promote and ensure enhanced performance in the communications sector; impose a universal access and service levy on identified operators for purpose of funding universal access to communications; promote and ensure universal access in respect to provision of communications services; and effective regulation of regulated sectors.

Peter McClean van Riet-Lowe (Chairperson) 

Peter McClean Van Riet-Lowe is an Investment Manager with over twenty years of investment experience and pension fund expertise, serving mainly institutional clients. He is a Director of the Botswana listed company, Chobe Holdings Limited. Peter is the Founder of Fleming Asset Management Botswana. He previously held the position of CFO at the Windorf and Manica Groups.  In addition, Peter holds directorships in various Botswana based private companies and serves on the Board of certain non-governmental organisations.

He is a Member of the Institute of Investment Management and Research (IIMR) (UK).  He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) (UK) and the UK Society of Investment Professionals (UKSIP) (now CFA Institute of the UK) and FCPA (BW).

Mr. Van Riet-Lowe holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) in Economics and Bachelor Comp table in Accounts and Finance (Hons) from the University of Johannesburg, an Investment Management Certificate (IMC) (UK), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and FCPA.


Wilhemina T Makwinja (Vice Chairperson) 

Wilhemina T Makwinja is a human resources professional currently holding the position of Director of Human Resources at Air Botswana. She has worked for several organisations including Debswana, Botswana Power Corporation, Gem Diamonds (Pty) Ltd and Bokamoso Private Hospital.  She has also carried out Human Resources consultancy work on issues of Restructuring; Talent/Career Management; Performance Management and HR Outsourcing.

Mrs Makwinja holds Board membership for Botswana Investment and Trade Centre.  She is also the Chairperson of Childline Botswana, the Vice Chairman of Board of Trustees of Sponsor A Child Trust Fund and a Trustee in Gabane House of Hope.

She holds a Masters Degree in Sociology and Social Policy from University of Liverpool, UK; an Honours Degree in Sociology and Social Policy from University of Essex, UK. She has also done Industrial Relations Development Programme, University of Stellenbosch Business School, Cape Town.


Thari G. Pheko ( Chief Executive and ex-Officio Member)  

Mr Thari G. Pheko is the founding Chief Executive and ex-Officio Member of BOCRA Board having been the Chief Executive of the Botswana Telecommunications Authority for six years prior to its dissolution on 31 March 2013. He successfully managed the transition from the then sector specific regulator called the Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) to the Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) that has a wider integrated ICT regulatory mandate.

Since assuming the position of Chief Executive of BOCRA, Mr Pheko guided the growth of mobile communications through regulation to the current teledensity in excess of 160%, in the process generating corresponding increases in financial performance.  Equally, the ICT landscape has been improving leading to the current ITU IDI ranking that placed Botswana among the top five (5) countries in Africa.

Mr. Pheko served in a number of consultancies amongst which was a Consultancy on the Information Society and ICT Development Strategy. The report of the Strategy formed Botswana’s input to the Phase I of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).  He has also consulted for the then Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology during the formulation of the National ICT Policy for Botswana. 

He holds a B.Sc (Hons) in Business Finance and Economics from University of East Anglia and an M.Sc in Management Information Systems obtained in the same university.


Joseph Malope-Matome (Member) 

Joseph Malope Matome is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer/ Corporate Director of a mining consultancy called of Six Plus One Consultants.  Matome spent twenty six (26) years of his career in the mining industry working for Debswana Mining Company with a short stint at Anglo American Services.  An Accountant by profession, Matome practiced accounting for a large part of his career.  He ascended the corporate ladder to end his career with Debswana as Group Secretary.

Matome held several Company Directorships/Trusteeships/Committees positions including Chairman of BotswanaPost, Sesiro Insurance Company (Pty) Ltd, Enterprise Botswana and Kalahari Conservation Society.  He has also been a member of African Alliance Management (Pty) Ltd (Botswana), Pula Medical Aid Fund, Debswana Pension Fund, African Alliance Management (Pty) Ltd (Botswana) and Mokolodi Wildlife Foundation among others.

His qualifications include CIMA Finalist (Passed part III); Finalist ICAEW (Chartered Accountants UK) (Passed PE1); BSc (Hons) Business Administration - University of Bath, UK; International Baccalaureate Diploma - United World College of the Atlantic, Wales.


Major General Bakwena Oitsile (Retired) 

Major General Bakwena Oitsile (Retired) is the Managing Director of Bakwena & Associates, a wholly owned Batswana citizens company that provides, amongst others, Project Management and Training, Dispute Arbitration Resolution.  He is the founding Human Resource Manager of Can Manufacturers Botswana, the first canning manufacturing company to be established in Botswana.  He had an illustrious career spanning thirty seven (37) years with the disciplined forces in Botswana starting with the Botswana Police Service and ending with the Botswana Defence Force where he retired in 2004 holding the position of Major General.

Bakwena chairs Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited Trust; SOS Children Village Trust as well as HIV/AIDS Men’s Sector Group.  An avid sports person, Major General Bakwena was an Executive Committee Member of (Marketing of Confederation of Southern African Netball Association (COSANA) Zone 6; Botswana Football Association; International Federation of Netball Association (IFNA) representing Africa; Executive Committee member of Botswana Netball Association; and Botswana Lawn Tennis Association.

He holds a Diploma for Basic Officers Engineer Course from Fort-Belvios, Virginia, USA.


Onkagetse Pusoentsi (Member)

Onkagetse Pusoentsi is a Senior Partner with Modimo and Associates law firm.  A lawyer by profession, Pusoentsi specialises on industrial relations and corporate governance.  As Senior Partner he deals with issues of Civil Litigation, Commercial Agreements and General Legal Advice to clients on different disciplines of the Law including Conveyancing, Notarial Practice, Labour Law and Employment, Land Law, Contract Law, Delict, Construction, Estates, Debt Collection, Arbitration as well as Corporate and Commercial.

He is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the International Working Group on Women and Sport.  He is also a legal advisor of the Botswana Football Association.

Mr Pusoentsi holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Botswana.


Monametsi Kalayamotho (Member)

Monametsi Kalayamotho is an entrepreneur, innovator and business executive.  He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Moro Group, a diversified Group with interests in Information Technology, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Property Development, Hospitality & Leisure and Financial Services. Monametsi also sits on numerous boards of group and associate companies.

Monametsi studied for BSc (Hons) Degree in Information Systems from the University of Greenwich London, Graduated Master’s Degree in Strategic Management from University of Derby and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration at the Netherlands Business School.



Thapelo Kalake (Member)

Thapelo Kalake is the Director of Shared Services at Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) where he is responsible and accountable for corporate assets and all core business supporting infrastructure and services including Information Services, Property and Administration, Security, and Fleet Services. He is Chairman of Board of Trustees of the Universal Access and Services Fund (UASF).

Mr Kalake was previously Group Executive, Operations at the Funeral Services Group (FSG) Limited accountable for all Group revenue lines (Insurance and Services).  He also worked for Botswanapost where he was charged, among other things, with the responsibility to drive the development and implementation of revenue replacement, volume generating and value adding initiatives to counter perceived global mail declines.  While with Botswanapost he held the position of Deputy Chairman, Universal Postal Union - Global Monitoring System Committee as well as Chairman of Southern Africa Postal Operators Association (SAPOA), Directors of Operations Committee.  He also worked for Plastic Technologies (PTY) Limited and Motor Company of Botswana.

He holds a Master of Business Administration degree with emphasis on Finance.   He also holds a Bachelor of Science Engineering, Industrial Engineering with minors in Economics and Mathematics from Western Michigan University. Kalamazoo, MI. USA.  He also acquired Bachelor of Science, Part 1 with the University of Botswana.


Pako Ralehika-Phiri (Board Secretary)

A lawyer by training, Pako Ralehika-Phiri acquired an LLM Degree from the University Westminster (2010) and LLB Degree from the University of Botswana (2006).

She worked for Armstrong Attorneys and later the Administration of Justice as a Magistrate. She joined BOCRA in 2010 and was later appointed Board Secretary in 2013.