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Vivo Energy rewarded five customers with a P7 000 salary for the whole year through its win a salary competition.

Winners were announced on Saturday after 10 finalists were selected to participate in the final draw. Winners who used the Leokwane card will be paid P7 500 and those who used cash will get P7000. In an interview with Business Trends, Vivo Energy Human Resource Manager, Getrude Muzola said they came up with the competition to appreciate their customers. “We as Shell appreciate our customers because we know that we are in business because of them.

Every year we rollout remarkable competitions and they give customers value for their money,” said Muzola. She said they are continuously rolling out campaigns to attract customers and give back to the community. “Right now I can’t disclose what other competitions we are working on but we have many more coming this year,” said Muzola.

One of the winners, Esther Gaboratanelwe expressed her excitement saying this is a dream come true for her, as she has always participated in Shell competitions but never won. “I just bought fuel worth P200 at Bodiba Mall and entered this competition. I am very happy because finally I have won. I have not yet decided on what I am going to do with this money but I want to do something big and worth while,” said Gaboratanelwe. Another winner, Zolani Kraii said he is overwhelmed as this came as a blessing to him.

“I have been struggling with finances since I don’t have a permanent job and from this salary I will be able to fill all gaps. When I received a call on Thursday I could not believe I have won but God answered my prayers,” he said. Kraii bought fuel worth P575 in December. Vivo Energy Botswana distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants and was established in 2012. Vivo Energy operates and markets its products in countries across North, West, East and Southern Africa. The Group has a network of over 1 800 service stations in 15 countries and exports lubricants to a number of other African countries.

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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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