Botswana Stock Exchange Listed oil company, Engen Botswana announced its commitment to contribute to improving the country’s food security in Botswana through its agriculture-focused promotions.
Launching its sixth win a tractor promotion, Engen Managing Director, Chimweta Monga said they have decided to differentiate themselves from the rest by giving away prizes that would serve as a catalyst to the economic wellbeing of Batswana. “Winners of tractors also generate income through hiring to other farmers. This process contributes to improving food security and income generation in Botswana and advancing the government policy of citizens economic empowerment,” said Monga. The competition will run from May to August 2018.
The company will give away four Massey Ferguson Tractors, four ploughs, four disk harrows and four planters. Over the past years, Engen has given away a 20-hectare farm with a borehole and farming implements, which included a tractor, plough, disk harrrow and a planter. Monga said they have decided to discontinue the farmers dream win a farm competition due to the inherent complexities on land title transfer.
In the past six years, Engen has given away a total of 22 tractors, 22 ploughs, 22 disk harrows and 22 planters and will increase to 26 by the end of the competition in August. The Engen Farmers dream promotion was first launched in 2013 as Engen’s contribution to the social and financial security of the farming community and in recognition of the sector as a potential contributor to the country’s economic diversification efforts.
“We are committed to proactively assisting the government to promote food security at household and national levels in line with ISPAAD and other initiatives that are geared towards supporting and developing the agriculture sector,” said Monga.
Cell City rewards customers
Cell City gave away two Toyota Hilux pick up cars worth about P300 000 and three Hisense televion sets worth P15 000 each to their customers through their annual competition.
In partnership with Hisense and Orange Botswana, Cell City conducts annual competitions to reward their customers and contribute to citizen empowerment. Handing over the cars on Friday, Cell City Chief Executive Officer, Brian White said through the competition they want to satisfy their customers and give back to the community. “Cell City and Orange clients were given a chance to win either a Toyota Hilux pickup or a Hisense television set.
All they had to do was purchase any Hisense mobile phone from a Cell City or Orange retail outlet and fill in the competition form in the store,” said White.Thato Ntshabele, who won one of the cars told the Business Trends that she bought a Hisense cell phone worth P900. 00.
“I never expected that I can win a car. I was just filling the forms and dropped into the entry box and I forgot about it. I am so happy to receive this prize and I thank Cell City for this opportunity,” said Ntshabele. Another winner, Dimakatso Mmusi expressed his excitement saying he had always wanted a van and he is grateful to Cell City.
“I just bought a cell phone worth P899.00 at Cell City Railpark mall, I never expected anything, and I was just submitting the form as I was requested by the shop assistants. This car is very useful to me,” said Dimakatso.
Smecha chillie hits the shelves
For the love of food and the passion to apply modern technology processes in food manufacturing locally, Kgalaletso Mothoagae established her own brand, Smecha specializing in relishes.
She processes and packages chillie in 325 gramms and 1 litre bottles selling at P50 and P150. She told the Business Trends that she decided to process chillies as it is one of the products that are rarely processed in the food industry.
She started cooking it for home consumption and later started selling to friends and currently the product has gone beyond borders at South African Spar shops and Restaurants. “I couldn’t look for any other vegetable as most of them have already been processed in the market. It is my first product of research in the food industry so I found out that I can do good business with this product. This chillie is free from preservatives but still has extended shelf life of 6 months,” said Mothoagae
The Kanye born young lady studied food technology and has the passion to explore the food processing market in Botswana and contribute to reduce the high food import bill. “I wanted to explore more about food and use my skills to contribute to the development of the local food processing and manufacturing industry. I also wanted to supplement my income at the same time,” said Mothoagae.
She has a degree in Food Technology. She says there is a lot of potential for business growth as there is a demand for the product locally and in South Africa. “My main customers are individuals in homes, they have embraced the product, and they love the taste. There is also a market that has been secured in SA; it is available in several shops like spars and some restaurants”. In future, Mothoagae said she would increase the product range to 10 using various vegetables and flavours.
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