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Strategic planning critical in organisations.

Strategic planning is critical and entails thinking outside the box, says Francistown city mayor, Ms Sylvia Muzila.

The mayor was speaking during the official launch of the Chobe Land Board strategic retreat in Francistown on February 12.

The theme for the week-long retreat is 'from strategy to delivery in 2018/19 and beyond.'

Ms Muzila said organisations could improve productivity by investing in corporate retreats, adding that a retreat allowed them to regroup and rediscover their passion for work.

'They play a critical role in steering the organisation and the national agenda as well as affording organisations an opportunity to see and think beyond the obvious.'

She said at the end of the retreat they would have achieved many things such as improved communication which would improve performance and in turn ensure employees worked together effectively.

Ms Muzila concluded her presentation by advising participants to take the retreat seriously as it was an opportunity to reassess the organisation's dream of moving forward, introspect on systems and processes necessary for service delivery and evaluate the organisation's performance.

She advised them to work together as a team and make the Chobe Land Board an institution of choice.

In his welcome remarks, Chobe Land Board chairperson, Mr Johane Chenjekwa said the objectives of the retreat included addressing customer concerns regarding service delivery on water, land and governance issues.

He said they intended to improve officers understanding of processes and procedures in land management and administration.

'Our objectives entail reviewing priority settings as it has been identified that one of the national challenges is too many priorities with little focus or linkages in the implementation of projects and programmes,' said Mr Chenjekwa.

He urged participants to contribute, saying it would ensure they emerged with achievable objectives, initiatives and milestones that would address the needs of the district.

For his part, the board secretary, Mr Kealeboga Kemoreile said there were issues that the tribal land management were faced with which included land speculation, non-adherence to set processes, delay in land allocation, illegal land transactions and high demand of land in urban areas.

He said other issues were land governance, security of tenure, land rights and engagement of stakeholders.

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Publication:Botswana Daily News (Gaborone, Botswana)
Date:Feb 13, 2018
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