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RDC buys property worth over R300m in Cape Town

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RDC, a Botswana listed company, announced Monday that it has purchased ‘The Edge’ building in Cape Town for a price of R300 million plus acquisition costs, through its investment in Capitalgro. Capitalgro is a Western Cape property loan stock company registered in South Africa and structured to hold commercial property for the benefit of its shareholders. The Chairman of RDC, Guido Giachetti also sits as one of the directors of Capitalgro.

He concluded the transaction with Capitalgro executive board member, Jacopo Pari. The state of the art nine-storey commercial building is located at the entrance to the Tyger Falls precinct on the Tyger Valley Waterfront. It holds a five-Star award of “design” and ‘as built’ ratings by the Green Building Council of South Africa. Striking modern architecture (BAM Architects) and innovative design have greatly reduced the carbon footprint supporting the owners’ commitment to a greener sustainable environment making it an attractive energy and water efficient option for tenants.

Current highly-rated tenants include Mercantile Bank, Distell, Sanlam, PSG and other professional business enterprises. ‘The Edge’ also enjoys ample parking facilities and excellent access from the precinct’s expanding urban village residential area as well as to shops, restaurants and fitness facilities. According to a press release the property value is expected to yield equitable profits in the coming years. “The initial yield reflects the exceptional calibre of the building and rentals are contractually bound to increase at an average of approximately eight percent per annum.”

This development comes as one of the numerous projects aligned with RDC Properties Limited 2017 growth strategy, which is to expand into the SADC region through the creation of partnerships in Madagascar, Mozambique and Namibia and through Capitalgro, into South Africa. Further growth through RDC’s current and new partnerships is envisaged for Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa in 2018 with the objective of supporting the communities and local economies in the areas in which it operates. In Namibia, RDC has initiated the construction of three convenience centres expected to complete this year. The centres are located in Katima Mulilo, Tsumeb and Grootfontein. In Mozambique, Guido Giachetti said they have obtained central bank approval for the funding of the Xai Xai project.

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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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