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Premier Clothing awarded ISO certification

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Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) has awarded Premier Clothing (Pty) Ltd Botswana an International Organisation for Standardisation Certification (ISO 9001:2015). Premier Clothing is the leading manufacturer of Work wear, Corporate wear, uniforms and PPE in Botswana. Since its establishment in 1982, Premier Clothing has been supplying Botswana from individual level to the different sectors of the workforce including; ministries, government departments, local district councils, the military, police and mines with high quality uniforms, protective clothing and work wear.

Speaking at the handover ceremony last week, BOBS Managing Director, Masego Marobela said that she was pleased with issuing the Quality Management System (QMS) certificate to an organisation whose mandate is to ensure safety through provision of quality wear. Marobela said with certification being a process that requires commitment, dedication and ownership from top management and cascading to all levels of organisation, Premier Clothing which is the first privately owned company to receive such certification; has shown unwavering commitment.

The BOBS supremo advised that many organisations around the world are having their products and management systems certified in recognition of the importance of providing products and services. Premier Clothing Chief Executive Officer, Fazul Zahir said being awarded the latest international standard shows remarkable progress. “Achieving this certification represents a major milestone for our organisation and demonstrates our full commitment to quality in all the services that we provide,” said Zahir. He says the certification will come in handy and create opportunity as they unfold their plans to commence exportation of their products. “We are continuously re-investing in order to upgrade its machinery and to train their staff to produce a better quality garment while at the same time making it more cost-effective and economical to the end consumer,” he said. Premier Clothing is also the only company in the country to be dual certified with SABS SANS 434:2016 Product certification as well.

“This enables us to procure a large share of the export market in SADC and SACU region where our garments, quality and services are highly appreciated by all our customers. This has also enabled us to penetrate the European and American markets.” Furthermore, Premier Clothing is engaged in diversification of the local manufacturing base in order to augment our range of products as demand is recognised. “Through our continuous improvement in processes, equipment and skills, we believe that we can play a greater and even more significant role in Botswana’s future economic development,” Zahir said.

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ADB grants BDC P4m for capacity building

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BDC head of human capital, Thabile Moipolai

African Development Bank has granted Botswana Development Corporation (BDC) over P4 million for training and capacity building of its staff members, the latter’s Managing Director, Bashi Gaetsaloe has disclosed.

The grant, which is $400,000 could not have come at a better time for BDC which has just begun a foray into the African continent. According to the Head of Human Capital at the investment arm of government, Thabile Moipolai, the grant will be used in areas such as investment, legal and risk, the three divisions which are considered critical as they continue to push the five -year strategy.

BDC has been given the leeway to invest outside Botswana and already some investments are being made in West Africa. Capacitating the staff in the above areas will come in handy for the African expansion.

Moipolai was answering a question from The Midweek Sun on Friday during the company’s annual stakeholder briefing where operational and financial reports for 2017/2018 were made public. The grant will be utilised in the next two years. BDC has reiterated its plan to continue to invest initiatives which are aimed at developing and retaining staff members.

“As we continue to build a strong BDC for the future, continuous learning and development is critical for our business success and therefore remains a priority area for Human Capital,” BDC 2017 annual report reads.

BDC has also developed a future focused competency based training that will be used to make informed learning and development decisions. “The (BDC) academy will also help BDC produce future leaders that are fluid and progressive through a bespoke leadership development,” reads the report.

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KBL announces return of Kickstart program

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Previous kickstart beneficiaries

Kgalagadi Breweries Limited, a unit of Sechaba has announced the return of Kickstart, a youth entrepreneurial development program that was suspended three years due to lack of financial resources, Managing Director, Renaud Beauchamp has told the media.

Before the program was put on ice, it had benefited over 70 small medium enterprises with funding, mentoring and market access assistance. According to Beauchamp, the revamped Kickstart will start next year, with an annual budget of about P1, 5 million. “We plan to invest in 15 new businesses every year,” he said at a press briefing which also announced a price reduction for its alcohol brands such as St Louis, Castel Lite and Black Label.

Successful applicants will receive about P200, 000 grants to execute their business ideas. Beauchamp stated that, they have been able to reintroduce Kickstart from ‘freed capital’ as a result of the recent reduction in Alcohol Levy from 55 percent to 35 percent. The clear beer price reduction comes after the Alcohol Levy, which made beer expensive, was slashed by President Mokgweetsi Masisi regime some few months ago.

Meanwhile, Assistant Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment has announced changes in trading hours for businesses that trade with liquor.

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