Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) Executive Chairman, Bridget John said there is need for professional training in the industry to improve the current procurement processes in the country.
She said training has been lacking in the industry and in response, the organisation is currently working in collaboration with local institutions including Botswana Accountancy College and University of Botswana.
“We came up with a certificate programme which will be followed by the Masters programme. Procurement is very complex and we need to approach it in a professional manner,” said John,
John highlighted to the Business Trends that PPADB currently has more than 20 certified trainers. “However we are also registered as a competent training institution for public procurement. So we have in house trainers,” she said.
She pointed out that a significant amount of the annual budget (about 60%) goes to procurement hence the need to ensure that the funds are used efficiently and effectively and empower Batswana economically through a transparent, fair and accessible procurement system.“It is against this background that PPADB has come up with several measures to guard against corruption and bottlenecks in procurement,” she said.
Speaking during the media capacity building workshop last week, PPADB Executive Director for supplies, Kgakgamalo Ketshajwang highlighted that public procurement practitioners are also required to adhere to the Code of Ethics for Public Procurement and Asset Disposal just as contractors are subjected to the Code of Conduct for Contractors.
“The code was developed and finalized in 2018 and it is now in force. The development of the code is in line with Section 90 of the PPAD Act which mandates PPADB to ensure that a code of ethical behavior for procurement personnel is in place and enforced,” said Ketshajwang
Cell City rewards customers
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.
Smecha chillie hits the shelves
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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