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CHOPPIES REWARDS LUCKY CUSTOMERS

Keikantse Lesemela

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The Chief Executive Officer of Choppies Enterprises, Ram Ottaphathu has said they are committed to improve the livelihoods of their customers by giving back goods and cash through annual promotions.

Speaking during Choppies Birthday Bonanza Competition, Ottaphathu said they recognise that their impact must extend beyond consumer promotions into high impact community initiatives. “As Choppies we are delighted and privileged to serve the 188 million consumers who walk through our doors every year. Our success is deeply intertwined with the livelihoods of individuals and businesses in our communities,” he said. Choppies gave away 11 Toyota Etios cars to customers and 40 people walked away with P25 000. 00 cash. Choppies is based in Botswana and select African countries.

Meanwhile, Vice President Slumber Tsogwane said government is continually working on strengthening the private sector to do business and create more jobs. “We know people are always complaining about government bureaucracy, especially on trade licenses. We need to attend to all these problems and make sure that it is easy to register a business.” Said Tsogwane.
He commended Choppies for giving back to their customers through the competition, as this will also improve the economy. “I would like to thank Choppies for this good gesture.

It is not because they are very rich but they want to treat their customers with dignity and improve their lives.” He said they are aware of the people’s complaints about salaries and these are the issues that must be attended to. “I know people always complain about salaries but these are the issues that we all need to attend to as the government and the private sector,” he said.

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Market Street day supports local products

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Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Bogolo Kenewendo has encouraged citizens to promote and support local products thus contributing to employment creation and economic development.

Speaking during the ministry’s Market Street day on Saturday, the trade minister said the ministry came up with the initiative to expose local products to the national market. “The plan is to keep growing so that we get Batswana products in the shops and get Batswana to know the products in the shops,” said Kenewendo. Market street day was initiated last year as a platform to add on to the continuing efforts to grow local businesses. This year, retail sector, including Shoprite, Choppies and Ackerman’s from South Africa participated in the exhibition.

Kenewendo pointed out that supporting local products helps reduce export of jobs. “Most of Batswana will say they don’t want to buy locally produced goods because they are of low quality, we need to buy from them so that they grow. When we buy products from other countries we are exporting jobs, why should we export jobs?” she asked rhetorically. Economic diversification drive should not be a Government initiative alone, only but all citizens should contribute, she concluded.

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Botswana behind in ease of doing business

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Botswana has been challenged to improve easy of doing business for the country to remain competitive amongst its peers.

The Director of Investor Facilitation and Relations at Special Economic Zones Authority’s (SEZA), Neo Mahube recently told delegates at the two- day investment symposium dubbed Doing Business in Botswana, Transitioning Botswana that the country needs to be globally competitive.“The world is growing better than we are, there is something that we are not doing right, despite our political stability and sound economic policies,” said Mahube.

Currently, Botswana lags behind Mauritius, Zambia, Kenya, South Africa on the ease of doing business, according to the latest World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business report. Mahube said bottlenecks that investors and local startups face to register a business should be resolved.

“We need to transform the way we are doing business, if we are to bring businesses to Botswana,” said Mahube, adding that the country needs to be as efficient as possible to start a business, apart from improving credit efficiency.

She however applauded government for legislation amendment initiatives that have already been put in place ahead of the transformation journey. Mahube said through transforming the ease of doing business the country has potential to create employment.

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