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Baking pays off for Saakane

Keikantse Lesemela

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MUFFINS SPECIALIST: Gaone Saakane

Having acquired business skills, the youthful Gaone Saakane tried to look for a job but could not find one. She ended up working as a tutor but was lured into part time business for extra money.

She is now running a small bakery, producing muffins, scones, mapakiwa and bottled ginger. Speaking to the Business Trends, Saakane said she started the business in July last year, producing at a small scale and selling to students and colleagues at work.

“The salary I am earning is not enough to meet my needs so I decided to sell muffins to make extra money. The business is now growing and I am currently producing in large quantities,” said Saakane.

Saakane studied Applied Business and Computing from Botswana Accountancy College (BAC) and graduated in 2016. She is working on registering a company and expanding the business to include producing cakes and more bakery products and beverages. “I am passionate about baking so I want to do it as a full time business.”

She says starting up was not necessarily a challenge as she just used her personal resources to buy the ingredients. She started producing minimum of 40 muffins per day and currently makes 200 muffins per day.

Most of her clients were students and teachers and few individuals but when she later started advertising through Facebook, more customers started to place some orders for formal events and parties. “Many customers including the corporate sector are now starting to call for orders,” Among the current challenges, Saakane says most customers demand a lot of discounts despite very low prices which are affecting profitability. She sells muffinsand scones at P2. 00 each. Bottled ginger starts from P4, 50 a small bottle to P300 for a 20-litter bucket.

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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

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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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