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Architecture body hosts panel discussion

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Architects Association of Botswana (AAB) hosted an inaugural panel discussion at the University of Botswana conference centre themed, ‘Finding the ‘I’ in architecture.’

The stakeholder engagement forum will culminate in a cocktail soiree scheduled for Thursday December 6, 2018 at Masa Square Hotel, one of the event main sponsors.The panelists for the panel discussion were; Leta Mosienyane, Luc Van de Casteele, Pulane Mpotokwane, Bakang Palai, Moemedi Gabana and Lemaseya Khama who were each tasked with leading identity traits discussions on the meaning of architecture.

What is architecture and how has it evolved? What does the future hold for Architects in Botswana and internationally? The panelists are highly respected professionals in the construction industry and have expertise in the various facets of architecture.

Entrepreneurship, real estate management, sustainable design consultancy, property valuation and management, modern and urbanization of architectural crafts, property financing, the African renaissance, tensions between modernity and tradition, architectural history and innovation were some of the thought provoking issues discussed.

Product suppliers, stakeholders and sponsors were afforded an opportunity to present on their services, with the second installment of the Architects panel discussion being set as an annual calendar event, scheduled just before their annual year end event – next year.

The panel discussion convener was Dr Chadzimula Molebatsi of the University of Botswana and the president of the Association, Gorata Kgafela, Mpho Mogasha and Thandeka Palai both exco members of AAB, coordinated the time keeper and coordinator’s roles.

Tshatsha Diraditsile, the Architects Association’s marketing partner from On-Point Botswana said, “It is pleasing to get support from South African companies on this inaugural event. It speaks volumes about the prospects of the growth for the event and generally the mutual relationships built going forward.”

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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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