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Liberty launches Business-in-a Box

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Liberty Life Botswana this week launched an exciting reveal, ‘Business-in-a Box’ which is a web enabling system used by agents to capture clients’ information to the system. Business in a Box, a ‘plug and play’ offers a complete suite of services especially useful in peri-urban areas, comprising of a laptop and other data capturing tools such as scanners for bank statements, pay slips, Identity Cards, biometric scanner and a printer amongst other components.

It provides everything on the spot so there’s no need to go to the office. As part of Liberty’s 2020 Strategy, the company strives to be a market leader in technology by continuing to launch more innovative, market leading insurance products, and increasing the quality and quantity of its omni-channel touch-points. Speaking at the launch this Tuesday morning, Liberty’s Head of Business Development, Kgomotso Disele said, “the main aim is to offer financial inclusion as one of the main objectives; being able to go to remote areas and offer insurance solutions to normal Motswana.

“We do not want to be constrained to reach out to our clientele. The other key component of this service is to offer prompt service- we do not want to compromise our services. We are committed to providing instant service.”

This will also help bridge the gap of education among Liberty’s clients, as it brings the advantages of knowing how to process a claim, the terms and conditions of the product. Bank of Botswana together with the regulator NBFIRA and other financial regulatory bodies, have put out a massive call to corporates to play a bigger role in financial literacy to reduce household debt, and to all play their part in protecting the sustainability and stability of the national financial system. Liberty, which currently has only 45 agents has secured two of the Business-in-a-Box kit and is aiming to increase to five atleast by the year 2018.

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UN, De Beers launch programme for Women

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The most recent opportunity for women entrepreneurs is the United Nations (UN) and De Beers project – a three-year capacity-building programme to improve the livelihoods of more than 1,200 women micro-entrepreneurs in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

Launched last month, the project is tailored specifically for each country, and is expected to be delivered with local implementation partners and focus on regions that have high levels of unemployment and where formal job opportunities are limited.

“Through these programmes, we hope to equip women entrepreneurs with the skills, training and confidence to build successful and sustainable businesses,” said Bruce Cleaver, Chief Executive Officer, De Beers Group. Cleaver believes the project will help prop up communities’ economic activities, as women are proven to reinvest more of their income back into the community and to actively support the creation of jobs for others.

According to De Beers Group the beneficiaries will be equipped with management skills to build confidence and capacity to operate and grow successful small businesses. Anne Shongwe, UN Women Representative, South Africa Multi-Country Office said the programme aims to complement national efforts on job creation and economic empowerment of women.

“Investing in women’s economic empowerment, particularly with women in the informal sector, sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth,” said Shongwe.

She further said investing in the capacity development of women micro-entrepreneurs leads to women having higher incomes, better access to and control over resources.

The programme is part of De Beers Group’s three-year partnership with UN Women, which includes a US$3 million investment to advance women and girls in De Beers Group’s diamond producing countries, announced in September last year. Over the past years women pioneers who have passionately grown local businesses include, Theresa Mokoka, renowned female farmer in Kweneng, Nkata Seleka, founder and owner of Sleek Foods, among others.

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Seed Co lists on the BSEL bourse

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Seed Co, the Africa-focused seed company has listed its shares on the Botswana Stock Exchange Limited (BSEL) effective 5th October 2018. The shares for the Zimbabwean based company started trading on the same day.

“This is a primary listing by way of introduction of the issued share capital of Seed Co, comprising of 379,331,127 of ordinary shares on the main Board of the BSEL,” reads BSEL media statement. Seed Co is a leading certified seed company authorized to market seed varieties developed by itself, government and other associated seed breeders in over fifteen (15) African countries. The company is involved in the breeding, multiplication and distribution of mainly hybrid seed varieties.

In commenting on this milestone by Seed Co, the Chief Executive Officer of BSEL Thapelo Tsheole highlighted that, “this reinforces the value of listing companies on the exchange as this listing reiterates that for companies that wish to raise capital or increase visibility in the market, the stock exchange is the right avenue”. He further said BSEL is happy to welcome a company of Seed Co’s stature to the market.

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