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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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OLOPENG HEAPS PRAISE ON BSE FINANCE CHALLENGE

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Minister Thapelo Olopeng

Botswana Stock Exchange’s annual finance and investment competition for secondary school students has been applauded by the Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, Thapelo Olopeng.

The initiative, a capital market awareness tool that has been running for the past seven years, is increasing financial literacy and a culture of investment among young people. The initiative will see the country raise future billionaires through the stock markets. “It is a breath of fresh air to have tertiary students who are financially literate, who can manage their finances,” said the minister.

He urged students to invest even the smallest allowances they earn and have a hassle-free life after university. “Investing on the stock exchange is not only preserved for the rich, but for anyone with a bank account,” said Olopeng.

The minister said the secondary schools finance and investment competition is participation of the private sector in bridging the knowledge divide.Olopeng said the private sector participation augments his ministry’s efforts of providing and building knowledge and innovation through the development and implementation of the policy on tertiary education, research, science and technology to transform the economy from a resource based to a knowledge based.

“In this connection, we will continue to empower our students in order for them to lead better and successful lives which can propel them into the innovation ecosystem,” said Olopeng. BSE Chief Executive Officer, Thapelo Tsheole said the Senior Secondary Schools Finance and Investment Competition, first established in 2013 aims to sensitise and educate the student community about capital markets, with the strategic aim to increase financial literacy and promote a culture of investing at a young age.

The competition is open to all senior secondary schools across the country, including private and public senior secondary schools.

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WE ARE NOT USING DIAMONDS TO KILL ELEPHANTS, THAT’S HOGWASH! – BOTSWANA MINISTER

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Botswana is not using diamonds to kill elephants as alleged by some conservationists after the southern African country announced plans to lift a ban on elephant hunting to address growing conflict between humans and wildlife, a government official has said.

Minister of mineral resources, Green technology and energy security Eric Molale told a mining conference in Gaborone on Monday that the activists were tarnishing the image of Botswana. “That’s hogwash because we as Botswana are [good] conservationists and it is us who worked hard to make sure these elephants [are] brought to the numbers that we do have now,” he said.

“When conflicts arise, it is through consultation, [that we] find out how we can best manage our resources. The people have spoken and we are going to be managing the elephants in the best way that we can.

“We are not culling, we have re-introduced the trophy hunting and if you take 400 elephants per annum for trophy hunting against the 3-5% annual growth rate of the elephant herd that we have…[we are] just barely scratching on the surface.”

Botswana has about 130 000 elephants, the world’s largest population.Molale said Botswana will remain focused on things that are beneficial to the country and will not be distracted by issues spread by people that are not even privy to how things are done in the country.

“We have, however, invited them to come and learn more about what we are doing so they can better understand those important aspects of flora and fauna…”The conflict between humans and elephants had gone up since the ban was introduced in 2014.

Tourism is the second source of foreign income in Botswana after diamonds and conservationists fear that the former will be affected is the government cull elephant.
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