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Lehutso soaring Mascom Kitsong Centre in Kopong

Tshepo Kehemile

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Kopong based Bachelor of Science (BSC) in Software Engineering with Multimedia graduate, Sethamiso Derrick Lehutso says running the affairs of the Mascom Kitsong Centre in Kopong has been a wonderful experience as they are constantly making progress in terms of liberating the residents of Kopong with Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

Lehutso told Business Trends that he was fortunate to be chosen by Mascom to conduct this precious project but admitted it not to be an easy route, “Initially, Mascom published that they needed someone to run the Mascom Kitsong Centre which was to be started in Kopong, and then I applied and got selected. However, all the applicants who got the nod ahead of others went for a training competition and that was when I emerged victorious eventually,” he said.

He further says it is now under a year since the inception of the Centre and there has been a huge progress, “The mandate of the Kitsong Centre is not to do things for Mascom only but to inform, educate and create awareness on ICT, which has been a nagging issue in the past years.”

Sharing light to Business Trends, Lehutso says they have managed to teach few individuals who include the village authorities like Dikgosi (Chiefs) on how to use computers, “We have now enhanced the Chiefs’ computer literacy and they are impressed with this initiative, in addition, every activity that we conduct they sanction it as a way of showing support to what we are doing.

We have imparted Molefe Primary School teachers with how best to use Microsoft word, Excel and PowerPoint and this has been a great success. Furthermore, we have designed a new logo for Letsholo Primary School in the village,” Lehutso explained.

Quizzed about the response of the community at large, Lehutso said, “The people of Kopong have responded well to the Centre as it is proved by a massive showing in the activities that we hold, for instance, we once held a wellness day at Kopong United ground under the theme; Wellness and Technology and they came out in large numbers as they appreciated the significance of staying healthy,” 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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