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Having acquired business and marketing skills, a young man from Bobonong, Botsile Tshepo Moreba ventured into a Bakery business to serve the needs of Bobonong natives, contributing to the economic development as well as job creation in the area.

His company, Sanctified Delights Bakery started operating in 2017. Moreba told the Business Trends that he has always been passionate about cooking. “Growing up, I have always loved working with food, especially baking. So after obtaining a certificate in Marketing and advertising I decided to open this company.” He said.

He produces scones, mapakiwa, doughnuts, cakes and other Bakery products. The business is funded through Youth Development Fund (YDF) at the sum of P100 000. 00. Speaking to the Business Trends, Moreba said he learnt baking skills from his mother. “after graduating I did not look for a job but I decided to run a business to fill the market gap and be a solution provider to my village and nation”. He is currently operating from home in Bobonong.

Currently he has six employees. He said the business is currently doing well and has a good potential to grow as he has a large market share in Bobonong. His major customers are government schools, individuals, local supermarkets and tuckshops. Completion is not a major challenge for him as he offers innovative products at affordable prices for residents.

“I have observed that nowadays people do not like cooking bread for ocassions such as funerals and parties so I took advantage of this business opportunity. They bring flour and ingredients and I charge them a fee between P130 and P150 per 12,5kg bag,” said Moreba.

In future, Moreba says he wants to expand the business and supply bread to other parts of the country. “I want to have a commercial plot so that I would be able to install more machinery to improve production capacity. Considering the current revenue, in the next three years I want to see this company owning a fleet of trucks which will be used to deliver bread to other parts of the country,” he said.

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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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