Board of Directors
The Minister of Transport and Communications, Hon. Onkokame Kitso Mokaila MP., has appointed Board of Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) in terms of Section 4 of the Communications Regulatory Authority Act, 2012 (CRA Act).
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.
Major General Bakwena Oitsile (RTD) 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 Manufactures Botswana, the first canning manufacturing company to be established in Botswana. He holds a Diploma in Civil Engineering from Fort-Belvios, Virginia, USA 1980-1981. He had an illustrious career spanning thirty-seven years (37) with the disciplined forces in Botswana starting with the Botswana Police Service 1967-1977 and ending with the Botswana Defence Force where he retired in 2004 holding the position of Major General.
Major General Bakwena Oitsile is currently serving in the Botswana Regulatory Authority Board (BOCRA) since 2015 to date.
Since his retirement he has participated in seven (7) Election Observer missions in the SADC countries from 2008-2017. Major General Bakwena Oitsile chairs Botswana Insurance Holding limited Trust (BHIL) since establishment in 2007 to date. He held various positions in SOS Children Villages Botswana from 1995 to date. He was the first Chairperson of the Man Sector to mobilise men to fully participate on the fight against the HIV/AIDS prevalence country wide from 2000-2004. Major General Bakwena Oitsile 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 from 2000-2004; Executive Committee member of Botswana Netball Association 1998-2013.
Prof. Joseph Monamanti Chuma is Acting Head of Department of Electrical, Electronics and Telecommunication at the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST). He is responsible for the strategic direction of the department. He is also responsible for the development of Electrical, Electronics, Telecommunication and Computer Engineering study programmes, mentoring of junior staff and providing students’ advisory role.
His long list of service to the profession and community include, but are not limited to: Chairman of BIUST Staff Pension Fund Board of Trustees; Member of the Registration Committee of the Engineers Registration Board (ERB); Chairman of the Electrical and Electronics Professional Assessment Committee; Chairman of the Telecommunication Technical Committee, Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS); Council member of the Botswana Institute of Engineers.
Prof Chuma is a professional engineer registered with the ERB. He holds a PhD. in Electronic System Engineering from the University of Essex, UK; M.Sc. In Telecommunications and Information Systems Engineering, University of Essex, UK; Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Botswana and BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Nottingham, UK.
Nnaniki Wilhemina T Makwinja possesses B A (Hons) in Sociology and Social Policy with University of Essex (UK), post graduate qualification in International management specialising in Energy, Oils and Gas with Liverpool University (UK) and Industrial Relation Executive Development Programme from Stellenbosch University Business School (RSA).
Ms Makwinja is a seasoned Organisational Development and Human Resources Practitioner with over 30 years of experience. She has held senior Human Resources positions in various organisations including but not limited to Debswana Diamond Company where she spent over eighteen years, Botswana Power Corporation , Ghagoo Diamond Mining, Bokamoso Private Hospital, Air Botswana where she head Human Resources departments. She is currently Operations Director with new Sidilega Private Hospital.
As an Organisational Development consultant, she has assisted a number of organisations in the areas of talent management, rationalisation and restructuring matters, including assisting in setting up new organisations. She was given the mandate of merging and restructuring the now defunct entities, BEDIA and IFSC into the Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC), assisted in setting up organisations such as Bokamoso Private Hospital, Ghagoo mine, and restructuring the national airline as part of transformation process. She is currently assisting in setting up Sidilega Private Hospital as Operations Director.
Ms Makwinja is actively involved in community development initiatives. In addition to being Chairperson of Childline Botswana, Mrs Makwinja is also Vice Chairperson - Board of Trustees of Sponsor -A -Child Trust Fund and a member of House of Hope, charities that are helping the less fortunate in our society.
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 former member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the International Working Group on Women and Sport. He is also a former Prosecutor of the Botswana Premier League and a Legal Advisor of the Botswana Football Association serving in its National Executive Committee for 4 years.
Mr Pusoentsi holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Botswana and is currently reading for board secretaryship with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and has acquired some training on corporate governance with the Institute of Directors Southern Africa.
Gape Kaboyakgosi, is Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation at ABM University College. Prior to joining ABM University College, he served as Senior Research Fellow and Head of Public Sector Reforms, Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA). Gape has over eighteen years professional work experience in policy advisory role with BIDPA. His PhD research in the field of Public Policy had a focus on regulation.
Gape has led a number of studies in the transformation of the regulatory landscape in Botswana, including a feasibility study for the establishment of a construction industry regulator, a review of waste management regulation in Botswana, retirement fund regulation; anticorruption; and transport sector regulation among others. He was lead editor in the book Industry Regulation in Botswana - Case Studies in Industry Governance, Implementation and Public Accountability in Botswana.
Kaboyakgosi holds a PhD in Public Policy from the Australian National University, Australia; Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Syracuse University, USA and Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Botswana.
Galeboe MMELESI is the Head of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) with Botswana Oil Limited (BOL) where he is responsible for the leadership and delivery of BOL’s ICT strategy.
He setup an efficient ICT department for BOL based on cloud technologies and in the process pushing Microsoft to offer Office 365 commercially in the region. He implemented BOL’s SAP Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) which won BOL an award from SAP Africa.
Mmelesi’s professional work experience spans eighteen years. Prior to BOL, he initially served Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL) as Head of ICT and later Privatisation Programme Manager where he expeditiously separated assets between BTCL and Botswana Fibre Networks (BoFiNet) as part deliverables leading to BTCL’s Initial Public Offer (IPO).
Mmelesi has also served in different capacities at Orange Botswana, Associated Fund Administrators (AFA), Hydro-Comp Enterprises and Ernst & Young. Further, he serves on the Board of Botswana Export Credit Insurance (BECI) as a member and Human Resources Committee (HRC) Chairman. He’s also a member of the Computer Science Advisory Board of the University of Botswana. Mmelesi is also a trustee for CSI-Concepts Foundation, organisers of the annual Desert Bush Walk.
Mmelesi holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Botswana and has certified as a Board Director (IoDSA), ITIL Expert Practitioner (Pink Elephant), PRINCE2 Practitioner (Innolead Botswana), Managing Successful Programmes Practitioner (Snap-Tech) and Risk Practitioner (Snap-Tech).
Batlang Comma Serema is a Senior Lecturer in Library and Information Studies at the University of Botswana where he teaches Business Information Systems; African Information Resources; Information Environment; Information Resources in Business; Digital Libraries; Inforpreneurship and Collection Development and Management.
He did research on Information Services and resources for MPs and another one on Information Infrastructure for Public Policy Making in Botswana. He authored a book titled Renewed Hope: A Practical Practice of Public Policy Making in Botswana. He has also written book chapters, book reviews and commentaries. In addition, he has to his name several refereed and scholarly/scientific publications, refereed published conference papers as well as a host of unpublished conference and seminar papers. As a lecturer, he supervised several PhD, Mphil/Masters and Bachelors research projects and dissertations.
He is a member of Chartered Institute of Librarians and Information Professionals (CILIP); Botswana Library Association (BLA) President. He serves as Board member for Botswana National Productivity Centre. Serema is the Director of Information Academy; A a management training and consulting firm that takes a human-centered approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors to work smarter and grow faster. He has previously served as Vice President of the Botswana Football Association; Member of the Botswana National Archives and Records Services;
He holds a PhD (Library and Information Studies), University College London, UK; MSc. (Information Analysis), Robert Gordon University, Scotland, UK; and BA (History and Environmental Science) University of Botswana.