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BTC launches mobile shop

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BTC Managing Director, Anthony Masunga

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation has launched a mobile shop for remote areas with enhanced telco infrastructure.

The hi-tech 4 x 4 vehicle powered by solar energy is a full-fledged office on the move and has inbuilt servers, LED screens, laptops, aircons and activation speakers. Boyce Diseko, the Head of Indirect Sales said the mobile shop is a one stop shop. “All our services will be provided in this mobile touch point. From sim card replacement, purchasing of mobile phones to getting data package that suites your internet needs,” said Diseko.

Purchased for approximately P1.6 million, the mobile shop targets rural areas such as the Kgalagadi area and Ngamiland where there are no BTC shops. “The aim is to make it easy and accessible for every Motswana to get any BTC services.” Diseko further said the mobile shop will complement the stores by taking the services to untapped villages in Botswana. Meanwhile, Anthony Masunga, BTC Managing Director said the telecommunications company wants to increase customer experience satisfaction in remote areas through the mobile shop.“We want Batswana everywhere to always live connected,” said Masunga.

BTC recently revamped some of its service offerings to give customers amplified connectivity and better management and consumption of their data, voice and short message service (SMS) bundles. The new Connek bundles are only available to prepaid users, giving subscribers the flexibility to choose packages that best suit them.

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Cell City rewards customers

Keikantse Lesemela

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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.

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Smecha chillie hits the shelves

Keikantse Lesemela

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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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