Leadership across the Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL) Group are certainly not afraid of bringing the heat, be it in the boardroom or the kitchen, Batswana learned this week. The BIHL Group CEO, Catherine Lesetedi, publicly challenged CEOs of her subsidiary businesses – Ronald Samuels of Botswana Life and Newton Jazire of Botswana Insurance Company (BIC) – to a cook off battle as part of the popular series “The Cook-Off”, making the challenge on Twitter for all to see.
The daring Samuels and Jazire accepted the challenge with open arms, ready to see who’s got what it takes to represent their business the best and be crowned the Cook-Off champion across the Group. And so, on Sunday 1st November 2020, avid followers of the Cook-Off series will gather to follow the real-time Twitter action on how the contestants progress, raring to go and support their preferred team. As always, encouragement and banter are welcomed, as the audience makes clear who has their support from the teams: #TeamBIHL (@CatheLesetedi), #TeamBLife (@RonaldSamuels19) and #TeamBIC (@JazireNewton).
As part of the #BattleOfTheCEOs, each of the three participating CEOs has committed P5,000 from their business towards a CSI beneficiary. The winning CEO choosing the beneficiary for the cumulative P15,000 after The Cook-Off, in line with the CSI strategic focus areas of the Group.
The BIHL Group CEO, Catherine Lesetedi, said: “While we usually leverage our Strength in Numbers as a collective group on a different playing field, we thought we’d do things a little differently. This is an innovative, creative and enjoyable platform we all tune into each Sunday, and the organisers have created a veritable brand here that deserves the support and recognition of everyone. This is bringing community together in a new and unusual way during otherwise difficult times and it is an honour for us to all be a part of that. May the best cook win, all in the name of good fun!”
The engagement also serves as but one chapter in an otherwise diverse array of activities commemorating the 45th anniversary of The BIHL Group engineering legacies for and with Batswana.