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Government pursues new diversification model

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Through the SME development apex, we intend to build productive capacities of local enterprises to be able to supply the local market and export to international markets

Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry is currently pursuing a blueprint dubbed Apex Model putting spotlight on its mandate to develop sustainable industries and diversify the economy.
Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Investment Trade and Industry, Rosinah Bontsi said the Apex Model entails three apexes – investment promotion, SME development and export development.

She said efforts to consolidate departments and parastatals within the ministry to deliver on the actions and activities are on-going.“We fully recognise that our efforts will not bring results without the private sector on board,” said Bontsi, speaking at Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Botswana Exporters Manufacturers Association (BEMA).

She called upon the private sector to collaborate in ensuring implementation of policies and strategy geared towards the promotion of the manufacturing sector.“Through the SME development apex, we intend to build productive capacities of local enterprises to be able to supply the local market and export to international markets,” said Bontsi, adding that government wants growth and expansion of industries to create diversity in products and employment.

Meanwhile, Bontsi said the country’s foreign trade mission is led by President Mokgweetsi Masisi, as the country seeks to rebuild investor confidence. “We want investors to come to our country to engage in meaningful business and develop sustainable industries for the creation of employment and economic growth,” Bontsi said.

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Cell City rewards customers

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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

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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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