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Youngster explores photography as business



Ontlametse Mokhwela of Bob Photography says photography is still a new business in Botswana that he dreams to take to the next level. He believes that though it creates opportunity for business not everyone with a camera will succeed in photography business. The 22-year-old says that photography requires so much passion. “Everyone can do photography but on the other hand, it requires different strategies and different styles to make a photographer unique, while presenting their different work,” he says.

Mokhwela started as a videographer at church in 2012 and soon realised that he was indeed born for photography. He shares that he could even dodge school for his video captures in South Africa. He told Business Trends that he started without a camera or computer, but depended on borrowing from other people until he saved enough for his own equipment to fulfil his mission of being a businessman through photography. His work is impressive and many people are fond of it. Since the establishment of the company in 2015, many have shown support. He has more than 14 000 followers on his facebook page, Bob Photography.

The renowned photographer captures photographs in functions such as; weddings, parties, baby showers, maternity shoots, corporate functions and he also designs business cards, posters and flyers. He is thankful for his church where he used to work for free and sees himself growing. “I want to reach America in three years time just through photography, because it is an art and a business that requires exploring,” said Mokhwela. He has employed a manager at Bob Photography and also has two models that are the face of Bob Photography, while he also often engages people on freelance basis on his projects. Mokhwela says that in order to enhance photography in Botswana, he will from next month have lessons for photographers to help them achieve quality work. He says photography is still new in Botswana and it is best for people to do it right if they want to make a living out of it.

He also does street photo shoot and so far he has done it in Main mall, CBD, Bonnington Farm and Molapo Crossing. He believes that, “if you want to achieve something, do it and don’t wait for anyone to help you with money”. Mokhwela has so far worked with Vee, Jack Botlhoko, Owen Banks, Stone Maplanka and Abed Mogorosi, as well as in national events that include; Orange Tour 2017, GIMC 2017, ST Louise 2017 and BUAN 50th celebrations.

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Matambo calls on financial sector to pick GDP



Finance Minister, kenneth Matambo

Finance Minister Kenneth Matambo has announced that government is committed to support financial service sector to prop up the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Currently contributing over 13 percent to GDP, Matambo said the sector has potential to increase its share. “Hence government’s interest in the sector,” said Matambo addressing delegates at the inaugural Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL), Global Financial Summit.

The country has built a strong, resilient and fast growing financial sector underpinned by a robust regulatory framework. The finance minister who is expected to step down next year, noted that government’s commitment to the financial service sector has this year been buttressed by a number of laws passed in July relating to money laundering activities.

In addition, Matambo said the continued investment in the development of information, communication and technologies (ICTs) backbone infrastructure is also to support local banks’ rising appetite for online services.

The Minister said the country remains committed to maintaining micro-economic stability to spur private sector participation in the economy. “Our vision is to become a high income country by 2036,” said Matambo, challenging the private sector to step forward and help government to develop the country, bemoaning the low levels of financial inclusion and shallow domestic capital markets.

He said the private sector should come up with more initiatives to develop further the local capital markets. The Minister’s sentiments were also shared by Martin Davies, Managing Director for Emerging Markets and Africa at Deloitte who has challenged the country to start dealing with its low manufacturing value add.

“How do we start to diversify beyond the single commodity economy,” quizzed Davies, adding that manufacturing increase is vital for low inequality across the country.

“Inequality results in bad public policy, as the state starts to believe and think they have to intervene more,” said Davies, highlighting that the country needs to move away from the absolute concept of state drive growth. Meanwhile, minister Matambo has applauded the private sector for leading economic dialogue in the country through events such as the BIHL Global Finance Summit.

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First Lady advises women entrepreneurs

Keikantse Lesemela



First lady, Neo Masisi

First Lady, Neo Masisi has urged women entrepreneurs to bring change in the economic development of the country and the rest of Africa.

Speaking during the Lioness Lean in Africa breakfast on Friday, Masisi said women entrepreneurs are remarkable engines of economic growth and job creation. “I believe women entrepreneurs hold incredible potential and credentials on the continent because Africa has the highest percentage of women entrepreneurs in the world.

It is projected that millions of much needed jobs will be created over the next decade and these will be created predominantly through small businesses which are mostly run by women,” said Masisi.She highlighted that women entrepreneurs are also the most powerful engine for equitably distributing growth and they are also solutions for addressing inequality on the continent.

“It is a proven fact that for many generations, women understand the simple concept of barter and commerce. These are the role models of our past and our present and they will continue to inspire new generations to do more for business to grow,” she said.

The Lioness Lean In Breakfast Series brings together inspirational and successful women entrepreneurs to share, inspire and connect with the next generation of great women-led start-ups.

The platform is based on a breakfast networking and speaker presentation format, which has been organized in locations across the African continent for the past year by Lionesses of Africa, empowering over one million women entrepreneurs across the continent.

Stanbic Bank Botswana Head of Personal Markets, Omphemetse Dube said they are pleased to bring the Lionesses of Africa Lean In platform to Botswana once again to bring together women entrepreneurs in the country and help to nurture their growth further.

“Botswana is blessed with a number of thriving female entrepreneurs, and the potential for the next generation of talent is strong. Platforms such as this are therefore paramount in growing the cause and we as a bank are proud to help champion that movement further,” said Dube.

Founder and CEO of Lionesses of Africa,Melanie Hawken noted that Gaborone is a growing and exciting centre for women’s entrepreneurship in Africa. “This is a must-attend event for women entrepreneurs in the country as it gives them the opportunity to hear the inspiring entrepreneurial stories of women who are building great businesses here,” she said.

The annual Lionesses of Africa event allows entrepreneurs to benefit from the insights and advice of women entrepreneurs who have seen and experienced it all and to also provide an excellent opportunity for networking.

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