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04 November 2020
GABORONE – The Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL) Group this month commemorates its 45th anniversary since first opening doors to serve Batswana on the 1st of November 1975, continuing to engineer legacies across the financial services space. The milestone was duly recognised with the ceremonial bell ringing at the Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) on the 4th of November 2020 in the presence of key stakeholders of the Group.
It was a morning of festivity, celebration, and pride in the story of a once young lone bull that today commands the attention, respect and recognition of hundreds of thousands in the region. With 29 years listed on the BSE, the BIHL Group remains the largest diversified financial services group in Botswana, and a true force to be reckoned with even in the region, striving year after year to deliver true, sustainable impact for and with Batswana.
Said the BIHL Group Chairman, Batsho Dambe-Groth, said: “Any time that we join our colleagues at the BSE is a privilege and an honour, for it indeed symbolises our relationship and commitment to the thousands of shareholders and stakeholders we so proudly serve every day. Our heritage is because of them, and our future is engineered with their interests and wellbeing in mind. It is only fitting that we recognise this here, at the BSE, for it is the work of Mr.Thapelo Tsheole and his team that fuels our growth and commitment to the capital markets. There are thousands of hands, hearts and minds that contribute to our growing legacy, and we are 45 years stronger together.”
A proudly Botswana organisation, the BIHL Group has delivered great strides in its growth from when it sold its very first life policy in 1977 to its BSE listing in 1991, and to present day 2020, now offering a diverse range of products and services varying from short term insurance to asset management services as the largest financial services group in the country. Through its 3 key Subsidiaries - Botswana Life, BIFM and BIC - as well as its Associates – Letshego, Nico Malawi and FSG Limited - the Group has been privileged to achieve unrivalled market-leading growth over the years, serving generations of Batswana and engineering the legacies across the country for 45 golden years.
Continued the BIHL Group CEO, Catherine Lesetedi, “Our journey to serve as the Group is only beginning - for excellence is not a destination it is a continuous journey and a process of nonstop improvement. Always growing, always learning, always enhancing to become more agile, more empowered, more efficient and more effective. Our culture is one of togetherness, of tomagano. We stand together to celebrate our past, our evolving present, and our much-fought-for future. Despite the challenges the world has imposed upon us during times of social distancing and isolation, nothing can keep our hearts apart. Nothing can break our spirit, just as nothing has for decades yet. We are united in heart and harmony, in passion and resilience. We are, in every way, 45 years stronger together.”
We stand proudly as a nation that has come so far and that still has more to do, more to show, more to deliver. We are #45YearsStrongerTogether.