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Women furniture manufacturers take industry by storm

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Three young ladies, Ntebaleng Shatani, Kamogelo Order and Marriam Moloi formed a joint business to utilise their skills and create employment for other young people. Their company Super Ideas (Pty) Ltd specialises in manufacturing and maintenance of couches, sofas, chest of drawers, coffee tables and other furniture. They also repair damaged furniture. In an interview with the Business Trends, Shatani said they started the business because they had passion for running a business and they wanted something to do to earn a living because they were not working.

They started operating in February last year and they are based in Pilane. “The three of us had passion for business and it was at the time we were not working. We agreed that we will use skills we have to start up a business. I had business skills, another tailoring and the other carpentry skills,” said Shatani They were also inspired by other women succeeding in business. It was not difficult for them to start the furniture manufacturing business as they had worked in an upholstery shop and a tailor workshop. “We have the knowledge and experience of furniture manufacturing. Operating this joint business is very easy because each one has her skills required in manufacturing these products. Kamogelo and I worked for 10 months in upholstery shop while Marriam worked for three years as a tailor,” said Shatani. Shatani has a degree in Broadcasting and Journalism while Moloi and Order have Junior Certificates.

They were funded by Gender Affairs to the tune of P270 000.In the first year of operation they have realised that the market is still very good as there is high demand of furniture. “Many Batswana are continually buying furniture as they build new house and renovating. We are working hard to take our business to the next level and grow it,” she said. They are currently producing and selling in their shop in Pilane but they are planning to supply offices and shops this year. They are working as a team of four and they are planning to increase their team with men this year.

Among the challenges she said, is that sometimes the work is heavy as they are all ladies and they are the ones cutting wood and doing all the manufacturing work. Shatani said they are optimistic about their business and see themselves running a big furniture production company that will create jobs for Batswana. “We also want to expand our footprint and have more furniture shops around Botswana,” she said.

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SMEs benefit from Consumer Fair growth

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The Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) has applauded Botswana Consumer Fair’s continued efforts to improve small to medium enterprises’ linkages.

BITC Chief Executive Officer, Keletsositse Olebile, when opening the fair, said the event has provided interactive forum for both local and foreign exhibitors. He said the shopping show has enabled manufacturers, wholesalers and traders to market their products directly to consumers, an alignment to government’s endeavors.

“As part of government intention, we continually encourage local sourcing by retailers and distributors,” said Olebile who is just few months into his new post. He further celebrated the growth of Botswana Consumer Fair over the years, attributing the expansion to quality of goods displayed at the previous shows.“Improved quality and increased variety of wares increases the interest of the visitors and makes them look forward to returning the following year,” said Olebile.

This year’s exhibitors at the 13th event still running under the banner: ‘It is more than just shopping’ have been drawn from Lesotho, Zambia, Swaziland, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, Japan, India, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Consumer Fair is a flagship event for Fairgrounds Holdings and provides a platform for small medium enterprises (SMEs) from the different sectors of the economy to showcase and promote their products and services. In addition, the SMEs are expected to establish long term business linkages and promote local manufactured goods.Fairgrounds Holdings is already optimistic that the Fair immensely contribute to the socio-economic development of the country through supporting SMEs.

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‘Involve SMMEs in standards development’-Minister

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Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Bogolo Kenewendo appealed to Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) to include the Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) when developing the standards to improve the sector.

She said the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry has identified three areas of focus going forward which are modeled on SMME development, investment promotion and export development apexes. “I would like to implore you to include this sector in standards development processes and assist in improving SMMEs conformity to standards and compliance to technical regulations,” said Kenewendo.

Speaking during the BOBS Technical Committee Members appreciation ceremony on Thursday, Kenewendo explained that the important roles of standards are underpinned by the aspirations and intentions espoused in both diversified export led economic growth and job creation as priority areas. “It goes without saying that the diversification of the economy requires a National Quality Infrastructure and Technical Regulatory Framework that promote competitiveness of Botswana goods and services.”

She also emphasized that an effective National Quality Infrastructure and Technical Regulatory Framework are essential as they provide crucial links to global trade, market access and export competitiveness through their contribution to consumer confidence in product safety, quality and the environment.Since inception in 1997 BOBS has published more than 1700 standards through 48 technical committees across several sectors of the economy; 109 certification licences have been issued against some of these standards. Currently 46 Botswana Standards are being implemented through the standards regulations with a view to protecting the health and safety of consumers as well as protection of the environment.

On her note, BOBS Vice Chairperson of the Standards Council, Professor Edward Dintwa said standards are powerful tools for helping organisations that implement them to realize their potential, have access and compete in the global marketplace. “In this highly competitive and complex world, issues of sustainability and productivity, viewed from economic, environmental and societal perspectives require that businesses must be more efficient in their operations, which can be achieved through the implementation of standards”.

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