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.
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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