PPC Botswana has invested more than P1 million towards Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre to support its projects and promote awareness, self reliance and sense of responsibility. Speaking during the horticulture project handover on Thursday, General Manager Tuelo Botlhole said they continue to work with communities in which they operate. He said this was in accord with the country’s national Vision 2036, some of which pillars call for achieving prosperity for all through Sustainable Economic, Human and Social Development.
“PPC Botswana is committed to assisting in the achievement of these national goals. It is for this reason that we have found it fit to partner with the Lady Khama Charitable Trust and the Red Cross to assist in the delivery of this greenhouse facility,” said Botlhole. Botlhole said through PPC donation, Lady Khama Charitable Trust has over the last several years committed to providing assistance to Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre in building the greenhouse tunnels. The centre has also received a fully-fledged borehole that will sustain the horticultural projects undertaken.
Through the project the centre will produce tomatoes which will be sold to the local supermarkets. “It is our hope that the good harvest that comes out of these greenhouse tunnels will go on to improve the sustainability of this great centre which provides some of the most critical services to our community. “I’m reliably informed that there are already some retailers who are willing to purchase the good produce, a move that will help provide the facility with much-needed cash to address daily needs,” he said. Botlhole said their view is that giving back to the public and community is critical in assisting the development and maintenance of community’s livelihood. He appealed to other corporates to participate in sustainable giving.
“It’s our responsibility to ensure that the causes we give to are able to survive beyond the giving. This is the only way that we can avoid a situation where projects lack longevity and fail to achieve their intended purpose,” he said. Botswana Red Cross Society Secretary General Mabel Koketso said Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre was established in 1974 with the aim of improving lives of people living with disabilities. “It is also the Centre’s aim to build human resource potential in the community by including people living with disabilities, their families and community members,” she said. Currently the Centre houses 90 trainees who specialise in horticulture or textile training for two years.
Cell City rewards customers
Cell City gave away two Toyota Hilux pick up cars worth about P300 000 and three Hisense televion sets worth P15 000 each to their customers through their annual competition.
In partnership with Hisense and Orange Botswana, Cell City conducts annual competitions to reward their customers and contribute to citizen empowerment. Handing over the cars on Friday, Cell City Chief Executive Officer, Brian White said through the competition they want to satisfy their customers and give back to the community. “Cell City and Orange clients were given a chance to win either a Toyota Hilux pickup or a Hisense television set.
All they had to do was purchase any Hisense mobile phone from a Cell City or Orange retail outlet and fill in the competition form in the store,” said White.Thato Ntshabele, who won one of the cars told the Business Trends that she bought a Hisense cell phone worth P900. 00.
“I never expected that I can win a car. I was just filling the forms and dropped into the entry box and I forgot about it. I am so happy to receive this prize and I thank Cell City for this opportunity,” said Ntshabele. Another winner, Dimakatso Mmusi expressed his excitement saying he had always wanted a van and he is grateful to Cell City.
“I just bought a cell phone worth P899.00 at Cell City Railpark mall, I never expected anything, and I was just submitting the form as I was requested by the shop assistants. This car is very useful to me,” said Dimakatso.
Smecha chillie hits the shelves
For the love of food and the passion to apply modern technology processes in food manufacturing locally, Kgalaletso Mothoagae established her own brand, Smecha specializing in relishes.
She processes and packages chillie in 325 gramms and 1 litre bottles selling at P50 and P150. She told the Business Trends that she decided to process chillies as it is one of the products that are rarely processed in the food industry.
She started cooking it for home consumption and later started selling to friends and currently the product has gone beyond borders at South African Spar shops and Restaurants. “I couldn’t look for any other vegetable as most of them have already been processed in the market. It is my first product of research in the food industry so I found out that I can do good business with this product. This chillie is free from preservatives but still has extended shelf life of 6 months,” said Mothoagae
The Kanye born young lady studied food technology and has the passion to explore the food processing market in Botswana and contribute to reduce the high food import bill. “I wanted to explore more about food and use my skills to contribute to the development of the local food processing and manufacturing industry. I also wanted to supplement my income at the same time,” said Mothoagae.
She has a degree in Food Technology. She says there is a lot of potential for business growth as there is a demand for the product locally and in South Africa. “My main customers are individuals in homes, they have embraced the product, and they love the taste. There is also a market that has been secured in SA; it is available in several shops like spars and some restaurants”. In future, Mothoagae said she would increase the product range to 10 using various vegetables and flavours.
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