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Bliss Kids Party Décor ready to captivate market

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The passion for events and décor has driven Leungo Kgogwane to establish Bliss Kids Party Décor Company, which now serves as a means of income and has created employment for other young people.

The company provides décor services for children’s birthday parties, graduations and other special occasions. Her main targets are parents and children from one year to 14 years. She also provides services to those beyond these ages if requested. In an interview with Sun Business, Kgogwane said she ventured into the business because she saw the market gap and wanted to provide memorable events for children.

“Nowadays parents want to give their children memorable parties but do not have time to plan the event or are not creative enough to organise such a party. “Since I have always been passionate about décor and events set-up and also love kids I decided to start up this business,” she said. She started the business out of her personal savings.

“Because I was so determined to operate this business, I was not limited by the lack of funds, I just started with the little money I had. I started with P6000.00 which was not enough to start a business and I then decided to out-source some services,” said Kgogwane. Among the challenges she faces are that décor changes a lot so she has learnt to be alert all the time and keep pace with trends in and out of the kiddies’ world.

“I am eager to learn new things every day. I have also learnt to be patient and to endure. The business is also seasonal because in winter we have few clients and summer our clientele increases. Since most of our services are needed on weekends we often get between P4000 –P6000 monthly,” she said. She is currently working with two young people. Kgogwane said her plan is to expand the business beyond being exclusively for décor but to embrace the entire kiddies’ entertainment and become the best in the industry.

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ADB grants BDC P4m for capacity building

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BDC head of human capital, Thabile Moipolai

African Development Bank has granted Botswana Development Corporation (BDC) over P4 million for training and capacity building of its staff members, the latter’s Managing Director, Bashi Gaetsaloe has disclosed.

The grant, which is $400,000 could not have come at a better time for BDC which has just begun a foray into the African continent. According to the Head of Human Capital at the investment arm of government, Thabile Moipolai, the grant will be used in areas such as investment, legal and risk, the three divisions which are considered critical as they continue to push the five -year strategy.

BDC has been given the leeway to invest outside Botswana and already some investments are being made in West Africa. Capacitating the staff in the above areas will come in handy for the African expansion.

Moipolai was answering a question from The Midweek Sun on Friday during the company’s annual stakeholder briefing where operational and financial reports for 2017/2018 were made public. The grant will be utilised in the next two years. BDC has reiterated its plan to continue to invest initiatives which are aimed at developing and retaining staff members.

“As we continue to build a strong BDC for the future, continuous learning and development is critical for our business success and therefore remains a priority area for Human Capital,” BDC 2017 annual report reads.

BDC has also developed a future focused competency based training that will be used to make informed learning and development decisions. “The (BDC) academy will also help BDC produce future leaders that are fluid and progressive through a bespoke leadership development,” reads the report.

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KBL announces return of Kickstart program

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Previous kickstart beneficiaries

Kgalagadi Breweries Limited, a unit of Sechaba has announced the return of Kickstart, a youth entrepreneurial development program that was suspended three years due to lack of financial resources, Managing Director, Renaud Beauchamp has told the media.

Before the program was put on ice, it had benefited over 70 small medium enterprises with funding, mentoring and market access assistance. According to Beauchamp, the revamped Kickstart will start next year, with an annual budget of about P1, 5 million. “We plan to invest in 15 new businesses every year,” he said at a press briefing which also announced a price reduction for its alcohol brands such as St Louis, Castel Lite and Black Label.

Successful applicants will receive about P200, 000 grants to execute their business ideas. Beauchamp stated that, they have been able to reintroduce Kickstart from ‘freed capital’ as a result of the recent reduction in Alcohol Levy from 55 percent to 35 percent. The clear beer price reduction comes after the Alcohol Levy, which made beer expensive, was slashed by President Mokgweetsi Masisi regime some few months ago.

Meanwhile, Assistant Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment has announced changes in trading hours for businesses that trade with liquor.

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