Hilton Garden Inn Gaborone Solidifies Commitment in Cultivating and Empowering Talent in Botswana

Hilton Garden Inn (HGI) Gaborone, a proud investment by the Botswana Public Officers Pension Fund (BPOPF), continues to deliver on its fervent dedication to empowering Batswana and ensuring Botswana representation on the global stage. The hotel is therefore proud to announce that four team members from Hilton Garden Inn Gaborone have benefited from the upskilling and growth opportunities offered within the business and will go on to represent the business further through international transfers to Dubai. This comes as part of Hilton’s talent mobility and growth initiatives and is wholly aligned to the BPOPF’s own efforts to see the upskilling and development within its people to become global representation of Botswana talent.

In early March 2021, Front Officer, Sadie Keboitse departed for Hilton Garden Inn Al Jadaf in Dubai after undergoing vigorous assessments and training. Mr. Kagiso Sebele, who began his journey as a waiter in 2019, was later promoted to a Food and Beverage Supervisor and subsequently as an Accounts Clerk. Kagiso left for Dubai in June 2021, after being hand-picked by Double Tree Hilton Al Barsha. The month of September will see popular mixologist, Mr. Rodwell Mampane and Reservation Officer, Ms. Marcia Boenyana jet off to the UAE as well.

Ms. Thabani Ndlovu, Hilton Garden Inn Gaborone General Manager, said, “We are incredibly proud of Kagiso, Sadie, Rodwell and Marcia. At Hilton Garden Inn Gaborone, we pride ourselves on training and mentoring our team across various roles within the hotel with a firm focus on growth.  Being able to contribute towards the professional and personal growth of our team is something we treat as a priority. Our goal is to see individuals excelling in our offered training programs and taking the next steps in their vocations. We therefore offer our staff reputable career progression and a solid support system meant to hone and fine-tune their capabilities. These individuals have without a doubt demonstrated true excellence and they now shine a light on the vast potential in Botswana that needs to be shared with the rest of the world. We are proud to be a part of their growth with the full support, passion and drive from our investor, the BPOPF, who champions progress for Batswana at every turn.”

Hilton has substantial training programmes geared towards the upskilling of team members who work within the company. The company has partnered with Ivy League schools such as Harvard University and Cornell University to offer exclusive learning opportunities. Furthermore, Hilton Garden Inn Gaborone currently has four Food & Beverage team members being sponsored to complete their three-year diplomas with the Hospitality Trainers and Associates (HTA) School of Culinary Art.  

“The BPOPF celebrates this wonderful news. Indeed, we have a number of investments geared to make a positive impact for Botswana and her people. We are proud of the fruits of our investment at Hilton Garden Inn Gaborone, not simply in investment terms, or the impact on the local hospitality industry, but also the development of such great talent,” said Board Chairperson of Letsema Hospitality, Mrs. Rutang Moses, on behalf of the BPOPF. Letsema Hospitality is the investment arm of the BPOPF for the Hilton Garden Inn Gaborone property.  

Hilton Garden Inn Gaborone continues to support local talent and the creativity industry in other avenues too. By partnering with Brand Botswana, Botswana Tourism and Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sports & Culture Development, the hotel has also birthed the much anticipated and successful #PushaBW Brunch in 2020. This collaboration has since led to other initiatives including the Women in Tourism High Tea and Women in Tourism BW engagements. Furthermore, space within the hotel lobby is ringfenced for local exhibitors to display their artwork at no cost on a rotational basis, an initiative that began with the hotel’s launch. Some of the celebrated masterpieces featured include work by Thato Khomela, Thabo Keorapetse and Itumeleng Motswetla.

Ms. Ndlovu concluded, “It has been an exciting period for us, even with the impact of the pandemic on the industry which we are working endlessly to combat, our talent continues to be recognised. We are collaborating for progress, and we are being rewarded for our efforts. This comes after implementing new initiatives to support Batswana, all while making sure that each stay is indeed better and brighter.”

Hilton Garden Inn Gaborone continues to invest in Batswana by celebrating and empowering them with the full support of Letsema Hospitality and the BPOPF.