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About Us

We Love Building And Empowering Our Youth

Our Roots

The Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation was founded in 2007 by the former President of the Republic of Botswana, His Excellency Sir Ketumile and Lady Masire. It draws heavily from Sir Ketumile’s inspiration and experiences as an elder statesman to contribute towards the socio- economic and political developments of the country and the sub- region.

As a Non–Governmental Organization, the Foundation relies on donations and sponsorships from the business community, the general public and from fund raising efforts. The organisation, very much in line with the Department of Youth’s objectives, co-ordinates youth activities at a national level aimed at creating an enabling environment for youth to meaningfully participate in the development of the country.

Our primary target audience is young men and women (18 – 35 years of age) from across Botswana. SKMF seeks to ensure a balanced gender representation amongst its target audience.

Mission

The Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation (SKMF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to contributing towards the socio-economic development of our country, and with specific focus on Youth in Botswana.

Peace and Good Governance

To influence the national landscape of future generation of leaders in order to enhance national leadership, governance and better delivery of services.

Innovation and Alternatives in Agriculture

To empower youth to meaningfully participate in the development of the country through the provision of tools, training, support, and guidance needed to become leaders and humanitarian global citizens in their chosen fields.

Childrens Welfare

To harness the voice and contribution of young people in Botswana by providing forums for like-minded youth to interact and network.

Founders

Sir Ketumile Masire

Sir Ketumile Masire

Founder

Sir Ketumile Masire was Botswana’s second President, serving 18 years from 1980-1998. Prior to this, he was a leading figure in the independence movement and then the new government, and played a crucial role in facilitating and protecting Botswana’s steady financial growth and development.Having trained as a teacher, Ketumile Masire took up farming in 1956 and journalism in 1958, becoming the editor of the Botswana Democratic Party Newspaper “Therisanyo” in 1962. In 1966 he became a Member of Parliament and later Vice President and Minister of Finance and Development Planning.

In 1980 he succeeded the late Sir Seretse Khama as the second President of the Republic of Botswana, and in 1984 won the Presidential elections under the ruling Botswana Democratic Party. As President, Sir Ketumile Masire was responsible for the introduction of comprehensive social service programs which significantly improved Botswana’s education, communications and health indicators. Sir Ketumile Masire’s government was able to increase nutrition levels in the country during the 1980s, despite Botswana experiencing a severe drought. During his tenure of office, he was Chairman of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Co-Chairperson of the Global Coalition for Africa. He also became the first Vice-Chairman of the Organization of African Unity in 1991.

Sir Ketumile Masire remains active as an elder statesmen and has intervened in diplomatic initiatives in a number of African countries, including Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Lesotho among others. In 2007, he established the Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation which exists to promote peace and good governance, innovation and alternatives in agriculture, and  Children’s welfare.

 

 

Lady Gladys Olebile Masire

Lady Gladys Olebile Masire

Founder

Profile

Lady Olebile Masire was born in 1932 in the village of Modimola, Mafikeng. She was the daughter of Mr. Fenkwane Mogwera and Mrs. Mabu Mogwera, who were both educated professionals, her father being a police constable and mother a qualified teacher. From her maternal side she belonged to the Kgosi Andrew Tawana-a-Tshidi mina tholo royal family. As one of a family of three daughters she used to go to the lands at Disaneng, where she would milk and look after the cattle. She also learned to ride and take care of horses from her father. After graduating from Tiger Kloof, she followed in her mother footsteps becoming a teacher for many years at Mafikeng and later Kanye. She was married to Sir Ketumile Masire on the 2nd of January 1958.

  • Former First Lady of the Republic of Botswana
  • Born: 30 July 1032
  • Died: 17 May 2013

 INTERESTING FACTS

  • Longest serving First Lady of Botswana
  • Her mother was born in the royal family of Mr Andrew Tawana-a-Tshidi-a-Mmina Tholo.
  • Dedicated herself to the cause of the delinquent youth, the unemployed, and illiterate women.
  • Humble, hardworking, compassionate, friendly and mother of the nation.
  • Had six children of her own BUT was mother to all, especially disadvantaged and marginalised children, youth and women
  • Had a place for everybody regardless of their origin, class, or gender.
  • Patron of Special Olympics Botswana since 1989
  • Passed away in May 2013 – Her passing away is a great loss to the nation and Government of Botswana. Though it’s a great loss, we are comforted that she was a great MOTHER OF THE NATION.

 

 

 

 

 

Staff

Matshidiso Masire

Matshidiso Masire

Executive Director

Matshidiso Masire has worked on communications management projects for years for global clients such as The Coca-Cola Company in Africa, The Virgin Group and The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. She has an extensive background of accomplishments in building relations with stakeholders in international project management, management consulting, and programme development across the private and not-for-profit sectors.

She has worked in key overseas markets to plan, direct and implement integrated programme strategies. Her global clients include among others Motorola, Iridium, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, Calyx Africa, and The Coca-Cola Company in Africa, The Virgin Group, The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, Global Health Strategies and most recently The Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Ms. Masire has built public-private partnerships and professional networks across cultures and in different markets internationally and has consulted for multinational corporations and represented organisations at various levels of community, government and corporate structures. Drawing on her experiences and exposure, in early 2011, Ms. Masire established Bridging Dialogue to provide advisory services to businesses and organisations developing or growing their investments in Africa. She is also the Executive Director at the Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation.

Silindile Nanzile Mlilo

Silindile Nanzile Mlilo

Programme Officer

Silindile has over six years of experience in the non-profit sector. She has earned a Bachelor of Social Work, and a Masters of Arts in Human Rights degree from the University of Fort Hare in South Africa, respectively. She followed this by completing a two-year mobility Erasmus Mundus Masters in Advanced Development in Social Work degree, from the University of Lincoln (England), Aalborg University (Denmark), University of Lisbon (Portugal) and Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense (France).

Silindile is passionate about research, youth development, human rights and social policy that contribute to system change at grass root level. Silindile currently works as a Programmer Officer at the Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation. She is responsible for developing, implementing and scaling youth focused programs across the organisation’s three Pillars-Peace and Good Governance, Child Welfare and Innovation and Alternatives in Agriculture, planning training sessions, engaging with donors, monitoring and evaluation of programs and engaging partner organizations. Prior to this, Silindile worked as an IDEX Fellow at Ashoka Innovators for the Public, India under the Youth Venture Program.

Her responsibilities included helping to build an ecosystem of young change makers across India, helping them scale their initiatives and developing programs and training sessions that provided skills and knowledge to increase social impact in their communities. She has been involved in several voluntary positions where she has offered her research skills and engaged in community development projects aimed at empowering children from underprivileged backgrounds. Her goal is to develop innovative solutions towards sustainable development, address human right issues and advocate for effective policies that bring change to local communities at grass root level.

Kgomotso Plaatjie

Kgomotso Plaatjie

Reception and Administration Intern

Kgomotso Plaatjie completed her BGCSE at Ledumang Secondary school in 2005. She worked part time at Office Technique as an Office Assistant. She then worked at Consortium Services as an Office Secretary from 2011 to 2012. In 2016 June, she joined the Tirelo Sechaba programme and worked at the Extension 2 clinic, till February 2017.

 

YAC Members

Game Gaobaone “Zeus” Bantsi

Game Gaobaone “Zeus” Bantsi

Director-Do It Yourself Entertainment

Game, popularly known by his artistic name “Zeus” is a rapper/storyteller/poet. He has been featured on national and international media platforms; from being named as 4th best rapper in MNET’S Top 10 African Rappers compilation to play listing on (Public Enemy) Chuck D’s New York radio Show. Game has been trailblazing with lyrics that are touching souls at home and across the world.

Following a consistent run of nominations in the Channel O Africa Music Video Awards, Game managed a second award win in 2013 in the best male category for the smash hit ‘’Dats Wassup’’ which featured South African award winning rappers AKA and Tumi, yet another milestone achievement that would catapult his musical journey to greater heights. Game is currently the Director and performing Artist for Do It Yourself Entertainment (PTY) LTD.

He is also a co-founder and co-creator for Jam for Brunch (PTY) LTD, a successful monthly lifestyle event in Gaborone, Botswana.  Additionally, Game is also the Chairperson/founder of Do It Yourself Organisation where he developed a flagship “I AM” program, that teaches high school students and out of school Youth participants to search for their “life’s purpose.” Game holds a Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Management and Marketing) and a Post Graduate Bachelor of Arts Film and TV, Producing from AFDA Botswana and is also a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow.

Thatayaone Monekwe

Thatayaone Monekwe

Founding Partner-Bitbrands Group

Thatayaone Monekwe is young passionate man, Social Entrepreneur with over 8 years in business. He has been in the communication industry for over 4 years having worked for Creative soul Communication and Mi Cubie as Marketing and Relationship Officer. He believes that if one takes care of their community be it in business or social projects, the community will take care of you.

Currently he works for Bitbrands Digital Marketing (a subsidiary of Bitbrands Group) a digital Agency that focuses on Social Media Management amongst their other service offering. As Brand Manager overseeing both big and small Brands such as Botswana Tourism, Afrobella Natural Hair Salon and Botswana Savings Bank etc…

Apart from Being an Entrepreneur he has 4 years experience in working with different organizations such as Birdlife and currently he is the chairman of Society of Road Safety Ambassadors (SORSA) a youth led organization and the only international Accredited Road safety organization in Botswana. SORSA focuses on Road Safety Education, Advocacy and Implementation.

Gaolebale Molosiwa

Gaolebale Molosiwa

Co-founder- The Goddess Foundation

Gaolebale is a design enthusiast, trained architect and entrepreneur who takes pride in the notion that design can change the world. Having worked in an industry where there is a vast under-representation of women, Gaolebale co-founded The Goddess Foundation in 2011, a platform set up to mentor and empower girls and young women. It is through working with the young girls that the need to do more for them and for the youth in general, spurred her to volunteer at the Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation.

Gaolebale hopes her contribution to Botswana and the continent at large will be via design as a conduit and focal point that speaks to the importance of tapping into various cultural exchanges, and how these exchanges can be used to shape sustainable, safe environments for all. Additionally, her vision is to co-exist with those who share her passion to catapult her generation to better serve and lead in all aspects of their daily pursuits as change starts from within.

Kegone Bono Mmusi

Kegone Bono Mmusi

Project Manager- The Botswana Society (TBS)

Bono Kegone Mmusi is a project manager at the country’s oldest indigenous NGO, The Botswana Society. Her key responsibilities include: activating full youth participation in the society’s activities and membership community, program development, staff supervision, stakeholder relations, monitoring and evaluation, proposal writing and fund raising and identifying issues of national concern to deliberate on during quarterly public forums.

She served Petlo Literary Arts trust as a coordinator for 3 years. Petlo is an organisation with interest in developing young writers and giving them a platform to publish their work, and to promote literacy and culture of reading. She is a former school teacher, where she also served as a chair person in the languages panel, which was responsible for organising internal and external debates, overseeing the library and fundraising for its refurbishment. She is a an arts and culture sector alternate coordinator at Botswana Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (BOCONGO) and also works with community organisations such as Bathoen Trust, Moshana Trust and BOFWA.

 

Boipelo Laetsang

Boipelo Laetsang

Founder-Chickheads

Boipelo Laetsang is a poultry farmer based in Kanye. She is also a champion of Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bags Botswana, which aims to prevent grain storage post harvest losses by pests.

Boipelo is the secretary general for Menoms Poultry Association whose Mandate is to produce process and sell chicken meat. She was recently appointed as an honorary member of Botswana Young Farmers Association and is a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow. As a full time farmer and a Software Engineering graduate, her passion lies in Agro Technology and how to solve agriculture problems using Technology and Innovation.

Board Of Directors

Mmetla Masire

Mmetla Masire

Chairman and CEO of Water Utilities Corp

Mmetla Masire is the CEO of Water Utilities Corp. He is focused on growth opportunities in Botswana and growing collaboration with regional and international players that lead to sustainable solutions beneficial for all key stakeholders.

Mmetla has over 25 years of experience in the diamond industry and has held a number of senior positions in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. He has been involved in negotiations and strategy development and implementation in the diamond industry in Botswana, South Africa and Namibia. Most recently, he was at the Diamond Hub charged with the responsibility of maximizing the benefit that Botswana gets from the diamond industry. He is an experienced Electronics & Electrical Engineer with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Wales (UWIST).

Dr. Matshediso Kgamane

Dr. Matshediso Kgamane

Dr. Matshediso Kgamane is a general practitioner who runs her own private practice, DrK Medical Center, in Gaborone. She provides medical advice to travellers on conditions in different parts of the world and how best to prevent them.

Prior to setting up her practice in 2011, Dr. Kgamane worked within the Government of Botswana’s medical services system serving at Princess Marina Hospital, Botswana Prisons, Botswana Defence Force and other local clinics in and around Gaborone. Dr Kgamane is an active volunteer where her medical expertise are often utilised on outreach initiatives to underserviced populations across Botswana. In addition to running her own practice, Dr. Kgamane is the appointed doctor for the U.S Embassy in Botswana.

She also serves as Representative of Botswana for WONCA Working Women’s Party (Africa) Family. Dr. Kgamane’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 1997, Doctor of Medicine from Saba University School of Medicine in the Netherlands Antilles in 2005 and a Certificate in Travel and Medicine from the University of Witwatersrand in 2014.

Martin Makgatlhe

Martin Makgatlhe

CEO, Motswedi Securities

Martin Makgatlhe has played a pivotal role in the Securities Market of Botswana.

A qualified stockbroker with over 20 years experience in senior management roles, Martin Makgatlhe is a pioneer of both the capital markets development and fund management business in Botswana. He brings a wealth of experience and stability to Motswedi Securities, where he is the principal shareholder and Chief Executive Officer. Martin sits on boards of some of the most strategic corporations in Botswana, including Botswana Post where he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors, and the Botswana Stock Exchange, among others.

 

Naomi Lulu Rasebotsa

Naomi Lulu Rasebotsa

Managing Director, Liberty Life Botswana

Ms. Rasebotsa is currently the Managing Director at Liberty Life Botswana, a position she has held since June 2011. She has over 18 years of experience in the financial services industry. Her experience has been as both an Underwriter and a Broker.

Ms. Rasebotsa has also diversified her experience to Pension Fund Administration, having headed up fund administration services in Botswana and South African markets. Ms. Lulu Rasebotsa holds a BSc Honours in Maths & Statistics from the University of Kent; she also has a COP in Life Insurance and an ICiBS, both from the Insurance Institute of South Africa. Ms. Rasebotsa is the Chairperson at South African Business Forum and has membership with Insurance Sub sector Champion- BITC.

 

Richard Malikongwa

Richard Malikongwa

Management

Richard is currently the Regional Director and Chief Executive Officer at the Institute of Development Management (Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland). Prior to this, Richard worked at Barclays from 2012-2016 as a Human Resources Director. From 1998-2004 he worked with the United Nations Secretariat in New York and held positions of Deputy Chief of Civilian Personnel Affairs and Coordinator of Recruitment in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

Richard Joined Botswana Life Insurance as Assistant General Manager of Human Resources, in 2005. He had stints at Diamond Trading Company, Botswana Telecommunications Corporation in 2009-2011 as Group General Manager Corporate Affairs and Stanbic Bank of Botswana as Head of Human Resources respectively. Richard holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Public Administration, a Diploma in Human Resources Management, Associate Diploma in Banking and MSc in Human Resources Management & Labour Relations.

 

Michelle Adelman

Michelle Adelman

Managing Director, Accite Holdings

Michelle is a businesswoman, entrepreneur, farmer and philanthropist, active in Botswana for the past 7 seven years.  She has over 20 years of experience at Accenture as a global Managing Director.

Michelle earned a strong pedigree as a graduate from Cornell University. She currently serves as a board member at Turnstar Holdings (BSE traded), the Human Resourced Development Council (HRDC), Travel for Impact Foundation (NGO) and Bana Ba Letsatsi Trust (NGO). Michelle is also the founder of Accite Holdings. Her flagship enterprise, Langdon Organic, is the premier high-tech agriculture operation in Botswana, operating two farms in Rasesa and Maun. She also serves as the Group Head of Strategy for Econet Group, working for CEO Strive Masiyiwa.