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NAP mitigates impact of BCL closure on its profits

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Property investment company New African Properties is focussing on the best management practices to sustain the company’s profitability on the back of the negative effects caused by the closure of Botswana Coal Limited mine in Selibe Phikwe. Commenting on the published results for the year ended July 2017, NAP Chairman John Mynhardt and Managing Director Tobias Mynhardt said the company has exposure to Selibe Phikwe which has been impacted by the closure of BCL last year.

“There has been an increase in both vacancies and arrears due to this and management is actively managing the affected properties to mitigate the impact as best as possible,” said Mynhardt. The exposure to Selibe Phikwe is 2.7 percent of the total property value and 3.4 percent of total rental at year end. The company has recorded five percent decline in profits to P199.4 million including non-distributable gains of P62.2 million against P82.4 million in 2016. Net asset value increased by five percent to P1.33 billion from P1.27 last year.

The company indicated that it has renewed 85 percent of leases expiring during the year at an average increase in line with normal escalations and re-let seven percent to new tenants at an average increase of 10.8 percent. Vacancies increased from 1.2 percent to 3.2 percent during the year and amounted to 4139 meter square at year end of which 424m2 has been let. Selibe Phikwe properties account for 1124 meter squared and 27 percent of total vacancies at year end. Mynhardt said the expiry of the leases in Selibe Phikwe is 64 percent, 14 percent and nine percent in each of the next three financial years and 13 percent thereafter.

The tenant composition by the end of the year was 53 percent listed and multinational companies, only one percent nationals, nine percent government and the balance of 37 percent smaller tenants.“It is however expected that the adverse conditions in Selibe Phikwe will continue and management will continue to focus on how best to manage this impact. NAP remains well positioned to fund developments and acquisitions with available debt capacity,” said Mynhardt.

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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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