ContinuitySA’s 10 years in Botswana is more than a milestone for the company—it says something about the country’s readiness for business.
By Jacob Mothupi, MD, ContinuitySA Botswana.
When ContinuitySA opened its doors in Gaborone 10 years ago, it was really responding to the needs of a specific client, a major bank. But the company was quick to see that it had a real role to play in helping the local economy could never fulfil its potential. Big companies, whether multinationals wanting to trade in Botswana or Botswana-based companies looking for international investors and business all need to have credible business continuity strategies in place.
That was the big opportunity I saw then, and why I joined two years later. I hoped to take the message of business continuity, and the key role it can play in creating resilient companies, to the broader business community in Botswana.
I told everybody who would listen to me, using both radio, print and personal engagements, that business continuity is just a modern manifestation of age-old wisdom—the prudence of the farmer, herder, hunter or craftsman who provides for hard times. The discipline of business continuity management is just a way of formalising this type of thinking for a modern business. The aim is to build an organisation that is resilient enough to recover quickly from whatever fate throws at it.
People generally bought into the logic of what we were saying, and the next step was to start building relationships with the educational community and professional organisations. It was a big help to be given the opportunity of speaking alongside the Institute of Directors in South Africa’s Mervyn King. The link between business continuity and corporate governance is a critical one, especially as Botswana has made a name for itself as a country that values good governance.
I am happy to say we have made progress. Other banks have come on board, and also some of the major mining houses, something that is critical in a country that is so dependent on minerals.
The best part is that the journey is far from over: we are looking forward to the next 10 years!