Sefalana Holdings continues to support small retailers in their social responsibility projects, says Operations Director, Moagi Buzwani.
Through partnership with its banner group stores, Sefalana donated P64 000 to Lesang Bana Care Centre, which will be channelled to school development projects. Sefalana Cash & Carry has been in partnership with its banner group members, Super 7, Super Deal and City Saver Franchise stores over the past 18 years to donate to the needy organisations.
Speaking during the donation ceremony at Lesang Bana Care Centre in Metsimotlhabe last week, Buzwani said they are much aware of the competitiveness that the retail chain outlets have brought into the business fraternity and most of the villages that they now operate in used to be trading grounds of smaller independent traders.
“Despite the challenges that our Franchise Banner Group traders face, they have been bold in their social responsibility stance as demonstrated by their continuous efforts of ploughing back to the communities in which they trade,” said Buzwani.
He explained that smaller independent retailers are the lifeblood of the wholesale business and they have a significant role to play in growing the economy. “I am convinced that by working together as retailers and wholesalers, we will find solutions and improve business for our mutual benefit,” said Buzwani.
Sefalana group currently has over 450 banner group stores operating countrywide. Buzwani highlighted that Sefalana Cash & Carry will always support the banner group with the equal amount they have raised to donate to the community.
Sefalana Group Marketing Manager, Reginald Klinck told Business Trends that they have been supporting the banner group contributions on rotational basis per region every year and this year they want to roll out the corporate social responsibility contributions in all the regions every year. “We try as much as we can to reach out to all places around the country,” said Klinck.
Gov’t swiftly acts on BMC
Government has moved swiftly to place Botswana Meat Commission under the care of a management firm; the move is meant to put the Commission into shape both operationally and financially.
This was disclosed by Finance and Economic Development Minister, Dr Thapelo Matsheka, further stating the BMC is technically insolvent despite having received nearly P1billion as a bailout in recent times. The new management company will run BMC, which is based in Lobatse starting on the 2020/2021 financial year.
The finance minister made it crystal clear that, the move to appoint a caretaker firm for BMC was made to protect the interests of all stakeholders, including farmers. According to Matsheka, the Minister of Agriculture Development and Food Security, Dr Edwin Dikoloti will provide more details on the BMC changes in due course during his committee of supply speech. Government is also proceeding with the conversion of BMC to a company under the Companies Act following the approval of BMC Transition Bill and subsequent repeal of the old Act.
The repealing of the BMC Act has since eliminated the monopoly of the Commission when it comes to beef and cattle export. The repeal has also enabled government to establish a beef regulator which will be responsible for regulating the beef and the cattle sector. “Another aspect of the transition is the ultimate privatization of BMC.
The objective of the privatization of BMC is, among others, to engage the private sector in the ownership and management of the BMC to achieve operational efficiency and profitability, as well as reduce Government’s future financial commitments in the entity. This would be an important process in the transformation of the beef and cattle sector,” noted Matsheka. BMC which is 100 percent owned by government has been operating with losses for many years due to internal and external challenges such as poor supply and Foot and Mouth Disease(FMD).
BSE invite companies for CSD project
Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) has intentions to implement a new Central Securities Depository (CSD) system by the second quarter of next year.
Authorities at the bourse have already put out a call for companies to perform a post migration data verification and quality assessment from the current depository system to a new depository system set to go live in the first half of 2020.“As part of the project, the BSE is to migrate master data and reference data from the current system to the new CSD system,” said BSE in a statement released this week.
According to BSE, the project will include comprehension of the BSE Data Migration Strategy and Plan and data mapping design and rules, review of the data migration ETL processes, data quality verification completeness, accuracy, consistency, definition and scope of data to migrate. In addition, BSE said it will migrate only active or open transactions in the current system to the new system. The scope of open transactions includes active or running corporate actions, active investor accounts, investor account balances above zero, active participants, active issuers and active instruments.
Meanwhile, BSE Chief Executive Officer, Thapelo Tsheole is on record citing that the new CSD system comes with functionalities such as securities borrowing and lending (SBL), management of the settlement guarantee fund, initial public offering (IPO) processing, e-voting for listed entities, repo management and online investor access.
Commenced in the first quarter of 2019, the project is also an integral element of the ongoing single CSD project pioneered by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Non-Bank Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority and BSE.
The system is also expected to help increase the CSD system ratings by Thomas Murray, an assessment of which will be conducted once the system has been commissioned in early 2020.