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Sleek Foods wins tender to supply KFC

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Local Company, Sleek Foods has won a tender to supply the multinational franchise, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) with locally produced chakalaka salad. Launching the product on Friday, Sleek Foods Managing Director, Seleka Nkata said her company passed KFC audit in July this year and it now qualifies to supply all the KFC outlets worldwide.

“I approached KFC in 2015 and they gave me all their pre-requirements and I made sure that I meet them. I am now accredited to supply all the KFC outlets around the world,” she said. Sleek Foods (Pty) Ltd was established in 2010 and it is currently operating from the LEA Pilane Multi-Purpose Incubator. The company produces a locally self-developed condiment, an assortment of relish, in different flavours made from locally produced vegetables.

Sleek Foods registered with the Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) in 2013 and has since benefited from numerous interventions availed by LEA including training on taxation and business related courses and facilitation of access to finance. Nkata said their current production is 400kg per day and the demand of KFC is about 6000kg per month.

“We are well equipped to meet the local demand and in the near future we want to expand to the regional market and then grow to the global market,” she said. The company has 12 part-time employees and nine fulltime employees. Nkata said they currently supply major supermarkets such as Sefalana, Pick & Pay, Spar and Choppies Hyper Stores with various relishes including olive oil tomato and onion relishes.

KFC Acting General Manager, Gaamangwe Maruapula said they encourage all local entrepreneurs to be persistent in business and aim higher. “We are happy with Sleek Foods, she will not be the one benefiting but other suppliers of vegetables will also benefit. “She can now approach all the KFC outlets in the region and she will not go through another audit.

There is no limit for her,” said Maruapula. He said Sleek Foods passed the YUM Food safety Audit in their second attempt. “We encourage all the local producers to take note of this and take advantage of the opportunities available,” he said.

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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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