Air Botswana approaches privatisation

Botswana’s national airline will most likely be the first-ever government-owned entity to be privatised in the country with SA Airlink one of the bidders. “The privatisation is on track and I am confident it will be completed by the end of the year,” chief executive Lance Brogden said in an interview with the South African Press Association on Monday.

There had been two other bids for the airline.

“The government had taken a liberal approach to bids. There had been no preset limits on equity, no fixed ideas on management,” he said.

“We did not want to inhibit or constrain any potential interest and were open to receiving proposals including ownership, franchising, concessions, partnerships or any other proposed model business model.”

The two other bids were from African World Airways, a privately owned air transport operator and Lobair, a consortium of local businessmen.