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PPC Botswana appoints first Motswana General Manager

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PPC Botswana has announced Tuelo Botlhole as the new General Manager.Botlhole who succeeds Werner Debeer, becomes the company’s first Motswana General Manager. Debeer joined Bokomo in January this year.

Botlhole has been with the company for 12 years in various roles, amongst them Area Manager, CPM and Construction and Sales and Distribution Manager. Before joining PPC Botswana in 2005, Botlhole worked for Metsef Wholesalers in various positions including as Regional Buyer and Branch Manager. He holds an Msc in Strategic Management from the University of Derby and has extensive experience in the building materials industry.

During his time as Sales Manager, he led a dedicated team that has retained PPC Botswana’s leading position in the market. Botlhole joins the PPC Botswana board in shaping the future of the company in the country.

PPC Botswana has achieved significant milestones including reaching a peak production output in the market. “We have been involved in the building of several monumental structures we have in this country, including the Ministry of Health, SADC House, the iconic iTowers at CBD, Riverwalk mall, Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, Game City mall as well as Molapo Crossing mall.

“We have gone on to participate in the construction of some of the largest dams in the country including Thune, Dikgatlhong and Lotsane,” says Botlhole. He says the company is committed to the development of Botswana, citing the Number 1 Builder competition, which saw the celebration of the local construction industry and improvement of workmanship.

The company also supported the drafting and submission of the Construction Industry Authority Botswana (CIAB) Layman’s Draft Bill. Furthermore, the company handed over half of the proceeds from the recent 19th Kgale Hill Challenge to Pula Sports Development Association. PPC Botswana takes pride in assisting the association’s efforts in building sports centres for youth across the country. “We will continue with our efforts to help our communities’ development and promotion of quality of lives amongst Batswana,” he concluded.

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SMEs benefit from Consumer Fair growth

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The Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) has applauded Botswana Consumer Fair’s continued efforts to improve small to medium enterprises’ linkages.

BITC Chief Executive Officer, Keletsositse Olebile, when opening the fair, said the event has provided interactive forum for both local and foreign exhibitors. He said the shopping show has enabled manufacturers, wholesalers and traders to market their products directly to consumers, an alignment to government’s endeavors.

“As part of government intention, we continually encourage local sourcing by retailers and distributors,” said Olebile who is just few months into his new post. He further celebrated the growth of Botswana Consumer Fair over the years, attributing the expansion to quality of goods displayed at the previous shows.“Improved quality and increased variety of wares increases the interest of the visitors and makes them look forward to returning the following year,” said Olebile.

This year’s exhibitors at the 13th event still running under the banner: ‘It is more than just shopping’ have been drawn from Lesotho, Zambia, Swaziland, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, Japan, India, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Consumer Fair is a flagship event for Fairgrounds Holdings and provides a platform for small medium enterprises (SMEs) from the different sectors of the economy to showcase and promote their products and services. In addition, the SMEs are expected to establish long term business linkages and promote local manufactured goods.Fairgrounds Holdings is already optimistic that the Fair immensely contribute to the socio-economic development of the country through supporting SMEs.

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‘Involve SMMEs in standards development’-Minister

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Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Bogolo Kenewendo appealed to Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) to include the Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) when developing the standards to improve the sector.

She said the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry has identified three areas of focus going forward which are modeled on SMME development, investment promotion and export development apexes. “I would like to implore you to include this sector in standards development processes and assist in improving SMMEs conformity to standards and compliance to technical regulations,” said Kenewendo.

Speaking during the BOBS Technical Committee Members appreciation ceremony on Thursday, Kenewendo explained that the important roles of standards are underpinned by the aspirations and intentions espoused in both diversified export led economic growth and job creation as priority areas. “It goes without saying that the diversification of the economy requires a National Quality Infrastructure and Technical Regulatory Framework that promote competitiveness of Botswana goods and services.”

She also emphasized that an effective National Quality Infrastructure and Technical Regulatory Framework are essential as they provide crucial links to global trade, market access and export competitiveness through their contribution to consumer confidence in product safety, quality and the environment.Since inception in 1997 BOBS has published more than 1700 standards through 48 technical committees across several sectors of the economy; 109 certification licences have been issued against some of these standards. Currently 46 Botswana Standards are being implemented through the standards regulations with a view to protecting the health and safety of consumers as well as protection of the environment.

On her note, BOBS Vice Chairperson of the Standards Council, Professor Edward Dintwa said standards are powerful tools for helping organisations that implement them to realize their potential, have access and compete in the global marketplace. “In this highly competitive and complex world, issues of sustainability and productivity, viewed from economic, environmental and societal perspectives require that businesses must be more efficient in their operations, which can be achieved through the implementation of standards”.

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