Driven by the zeal to generate money and create employment for other youth, Gofaone Busang decided to be an entrepreneur, specializing in branding solutions and events management services.
She started a branding business last year Sepmeber with just 100 glasses to sell in her home village Sefhophe. When she realised the high demand for the brand she started branding T-shirts and bucket hats. The business offers branding solutions for corporates and individuals, branding various merchandise items including t-shirts, glasses, cups, pens and others. “I wanted to maximize the holiday season and make cash whilst having fun, so I started by branding 100 glasses to sell at my home village Sefophe.
The glasses were branded ‘FACT SEFOPHE ROCKS’ and they got sold out. I then expanded to branding t-shirts and bucket hats to sell,” said Busang. Busang is an Event Planner with an Associate Degree in Event Management from Limkokwing University. She graduated in 2016 but has never got a job. She has offered her professional services of events management in several corporates and community activities including Gabane Youth Business Pitso since inception in 2016.
“I offer events management consultancy services, protocol and etiquette services and training, I have been offered such training to Gabane Youth Business Pitso since its inception. I have also been able to brand ‘FACT GABANE ROCKS’ and exhibit at the annual Gabane Youth Business Pitso thanks to the support of the GBYP committee who continually contribute to what I do and ensure I get the platform to showcase what I do,” she said.
She said starting up was not difficult. She just started her fast growing business with a measly P700. 00 “I had just got paid for a billboard advertising gig I did for Stanbic Bank when I thought of the idea. So I invested to kickstart the business”. Although the market is saturated, Busang said she is able to beat competition by working hard and perserverance. Her major clients are the youth and individuals as they love the creative ideas and style. “I work with different youth who offer different services; graphic designers, printers, photographers,” she said.
In future, Busang said she is planning to have her own textile manufacturing factory and stop importing from China. “ In the next five years I hope to have my own place of operation, with own machinery and expand the business into other parts of the country thus creating more jobs for other youth. I want to have my own factory, manufacturing t-shirts, bucket hats and other products so that I stop importing from China,” she stressed. Busang currently has a new branding label for t-shirts called “Hustleprenuer”.
OLOPENG HEAPS PRAISE ON BSE FINANCE CHALLENGE
Botswana Stock Exchange’s annual finance and investment competition for secondary school students has been applauded by the Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, Thapelo Olopeng.
The initiative, a capital market awareness tool that has been running for the past seven years, is increasing financial literacy and a culture of investment among young people. The initiative will see the country raise future billionaires through the stock markets. “It is a breath of fresh air to have tertiary students who are financially literate, who can manage their finances,” said the minister.
He urged students to invest even the smallest allowances they earn and have a hassle-free life after university. “Investing on the stock exchange is not only preserved for the rich, but for anyone with a bank account,” said Olopeng.
The minister said the secondary schools finance and investment competition is participation of the private sector in bridging the knowledge divide.Olopeng said the private sector participation augments his ministry’s efforts of providing and building knowledge and innovation through the development and implementation of the policy on tertiary education, research, science and technology to transform the economy from a resource based to a knowledge based.
“In this connection, we will continue to empower our students in order for them to lead better and successful lives which can propel them into the innovation ecosystem,” said Olopeng. BSE Chief Executive Officer, Thapelo Tsheole said the Senior Secondary Schools Finance and Investment Competition, first established in 2013 aims to sensitise and educate the student community about capital markets, with the strategic aim to increase financial literacy and promote a culture of investing at a young age.
The competition is open to all senior secondary schools across the country, including private and public senior secondary schools.
WE ARE NOT USING DIAMONDS TO KILL ELEPHANTS, THAT’S HOGWASH! – BOTSWANA MINISTER
Botswana is not using diamonds to kill elephants as alleged by some conservationists after the southern African country announced plans to lift a ban on elephant hunting to address growing conflict between humans and wildlife, a government official has said.
Minister of mineral resources, Green technology and energy security Eric Molale told a mining conference in Gaborone on Monday that the activists were tarnishing the image of Botswana. “That’s hogwash because we as Botswana are [good] conservationists and it is us who worked hard to make sure these elephants [are] brought to the numbers that we do have now,” he said.
“When conflicts arise, it is through consultation, [that we] find out how we can best manage our resources. The people have spoken and we are going to be managing the elephants in the best way that we can.
“We are not culling, we have re-introduced the trophy hunting and if you take 400 elephants per annum for trophy hunting against the 3-5% annual growth rate of the elephant herd that we have…[we are] just barely scratching on the surface.”
Botswana has about 130 000 elephants, the world’s largest population.Molale said Botswana will remain focused on things that are beneficial to the country and will not be distracted by issues spread by people that are not even privy to how things are done in the country.
“We have, however, invited them to come and learn more about what we are doing so they can better understand those important aspects of flora and fauna…”The conflict between humans and elephants had gone up since the ban was introduced in 2014.
Tourism is the second source of foreign income in Botswana after diamonds and conservationists fear that the former will be affected is the government cull elephant.
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