Hon. Eric Mothlbi Molale was appointed Minister of Transport and Communication in 2022. He is an expert in development economics and has extensive knowledge in socio – economic development issues. As Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration his portfolio includes governance, as well as coordination of all Government and management of the Public Service.
His Public Service career spans three decades, and includes policy analysis, and development planning at district and central government. His proficiency in resolving key development issues, is highlighted by his appointment to key roles. He was appointed District Officer (Development) 1981 – 1988 and later as District Commissioner, a responsibility that made him manage the overall development process at district level.
In the year 2000 he was appointed Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government where he was responsible for efficient operation of all local authorities and provision of basic essential services key to social upliftment of Batswana. Minister Molale is also former Senior Private Secretary to the 3rd President of the Republic of Botswana His Excellency F. G. Mogae. In 2003 he was appointed Permanent Secretary to the President. As Permanent Secretary to the President he was Head of the Public Service and also Secretary to Cabinet, a position he held until 2014 when he retired and joined politics.
He was appointed Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration in 2014. His major focus was reforming the Public Service, so as to improve efficiency and effectiveness and providing guidance on Strategic Management to all Accounting Officers across all Ministries and Departments.
In April 2018, Hon. Molale was appointed Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security. Minister Molale holds MSc. Agricultural Economics, B.A in Economics and Environmental Science and various other qualifications. He has served as Chair of Debswana, the largest producer of diamonds by value in the world and a flagship diamond company co-owned by De Beers and Botswana Government. He was also a member of the Board of the Commonwealth Association of Public Administration and Management.