We hope you have been enjoying this series of getting know a little more about the people of Mashatu. Today we have our operations manager, Otsile.
What is your role at Mashatu?
I oversee the financial side of Mashatu Nature Reserve.
Tell us a bit more about yourself.
I am a simple person (I think), yet a potential daredevil. I grew up mainly in Selebi Phikwe, then had a short stint in Serowe. My mother is a civil servant, so we had to move a few times. I am interested in astronomy, and to some extent lecturing in business.
I am an academic. My aim is to help collect and publish papers with data from Botswana. We need more people to publish and I hope that I will cover that space. Hopefully more Batswana and people in academia will also heed this call.
I also love travelling and have officially made a commitment to do one travel itinerary every year without fail. I am a Chelsea supporter and hope to go watch them live one day.
What does a typical day at Mashatu look like for you?
I wake up at 4am to tackle my studies. I am in the office by 7am, attend to daily tasks and any ad hoc matters that arise during the day. I knock off around 4pm go for a walk, have dinner, watch a Ted Talk or read, and then it’s bed time.
What do you love most about your role at Mashatu?
I love the challenge. I realise every day, just how much there is to learn about the industry and the people. I never stop learning, and can never know enough.
What do you love most about Mashatu?
The peace and tranquility.
Flamingo. Very majestic birds.
Favourite Dish or Food
This is a tough one. It is a tight race between seswaa and pizza. (I do not like the seswaa pizza though.)