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Shumba turns to low cost power production

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Shumba Energy Chairman Alan Glegg says they continue to focus on low cost of production to drive and sustain power production to supply the regional industrial market as the international market is heading for deficit within three to five years. Commenting on the company’s financial report, Clegg said as the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) continues to hold a major net deficit of over 30GW and older power plants are closed down, there is a need to cover the deficit.

The report indicates that from 2013 to 2030 electricity demand in South, East and Asian countries increases from 790TWh to 2.210 TWh and this triple demand in electricity will be primarily sourced from coal. Clegg said as the market is heading for a significant deficit within three to five years, prices will be forced upward to potentially unseen levels and highs.

“This development picture mirrors what is required in the Southern African Development Community region and Shumba has created the foundation to be ready to respond to those market needs,” said Clegg.According to the report, regional mineral economy politics led by resource nationalism in Tanzania and South Africa has brought negative impact on prospective risk investment in the sector, affecting the junior resource development company greatly. However the junior resources and energy fuels development market where Shumba resides in SADC have however shown resilience and remains very positive for Shumba energy as certain realisations have kicked in with both Africa’s central policy organisation, the African Union and its operational body, the African Union Commission for Trade and Industrial Development.

“We still need to develop a well planned economic, environmental and social introduction of viable and affordable new energy sources and related storage technologies,” said Clegg adding that this is why Shumba has already embarked on one solar energy project and will in the next period be actively researching other energy fuels, production and storage related investments for potential future diversification and sustainability of the company.

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Cell City rewards customers

Keikantse Lesemela

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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.

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Smecha chillie hits the shelves

Keikantse Lesemela

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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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