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Orange celebrates Botswana penetration

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Orange Group Chief Executive and Chairman, Stephane Richard said the group aims to be the digital partner for government to achieve economic and social development in the execution of Botswana’s Maitlamo National Policy on ICT Development

Speaking during Orange 20th anniversary celebration, Richard said digital potential still needs to be tapped in the area of e-government and local content. “There is still much to be done with regards to digital schools and digital education, and with creating stronger ecosystems for local start-up businesses, but we are making strong and continued progress,” said Richard. Orange currently operates as a mobile telephone operator in 28 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The group corporate business has a footprint of over 220 locations worldwide, with specific focus on cyber security and cloud services for businesses.

Orange is present in 20 countries and serves 120 million customers in Africa and the Middle East, with strong focus on digital transformation, Orange Money and 4G technology with more than 15m 4G customers on the African footprint

Richard highlighted that they aim to leverage the local business’ strengths and resources to offer customers an unmatched experience.“The group’s financial behaviour has become that much easier through such innovations as Orange Money with more than 40m users in Africa by end of October 2018, and in Botswana, where there are around one million mobile money users,” he said. Orange Money provides 700.000 customers with the benefits of a simple, flexible and convenient solution for payment and money transfers.

On his note, President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi said government has committed itself towards improving other ICT sector and driving economic diversification through technology. Government has committed to funding local access network infrastructure to the value of P742, 5 million in 33 towns and villages identified in the National Broadband strategy. “Government investment will complement those from the private sector, such as Orange’s infrastructure development, which runs into millions of pula everyday. I must applaud Orange Botswana for such a commitment to our national development agenda,” said Dr Masisi.

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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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