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Ozzy Photography finds niche in shooting weddings

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For Osego Maseko of Ozzy Photography, photography started as a hobby but he now takes pride in it as a business.

Maseko views wedding videography and photography in Botswana as a very lucrative business and suggests that it needs higher creativity. His journey in photography started in 2013 whilst a student at UB.

He would capture pictures at various events whenever he had an opportunity and some of his pictures would be published with the University newspaper, UB Horizon. This motivated him further and he gained confidence and worked around the clock to become a professional. Later in 2014, he was absorbed by Oneline Multimedia Company where he was more exposed to the business aspect of photography.

“I worked for two years as a photographer, videographer and grip between 2014 and 2016,” he said adding that they did successful projects such as Streetwise dance project. At the same time, they started a business magazine called InBusiness, where he worked as head of photography for the first four issues before he focused on his own company that he had registered in 2013.

The 29 year-old young man has never been to school for photography but says his experience and passion created the name to his business. “Our bookings vary from weekend to weekend, sometimes we find ourselves having to cover three different weddings in a weekend, sometimes two or one. “What we appreciate is that no month can pass by without a booking in our company,” he explained. He works with a dedicated team, which makes the work much lighter because of their dedication.

“I have a very wonderful team that keeps me going. Some started with this company when it was just a name, when we did not have even a single camera to our name. But they worked hard and grew the company. I have two full time employees and three freelancers,” he said. They accept bookings from all over the country. This past weekend, they covered a wedding in Maun.

Other places they have already covered include Maitengwe, Matsiloje, Tsabong, Tsetsejwe and Francistown, to mention a few. He said their image is important hence “our uniform makes us that unique because we are always in our uniform at events. We have three different outfits. We also invest a lot on equipment for the perfection of our craft, such as camera stabilisers, speed lights, lenses and reflectors to mention a few, stand us out” explains Maseko. He lamented that the market is slowly becoming saturated with unskilled photographers who charge close to nothing for their services, adding that photography should be about quality as an art.

He chose wedding photography and videography as his core business because he believes in love. “We can also arrange for different shootings but I enjoy weddings because it is just heart-warming to create memories for people on this amazing moment of their lives. Just the thought of bringing happiness to people keeps us going,” he said.

Their day package ranges from P4500.00, depending on the client’s end product, while their two-day package starts from P8000.00 which could possibly have additional charges based on the option of the end product. For the package of magadi and two days coverage, they charge P12 000.00. Their wish is to grow their brand and regularly engage in corporate events photography as well as work on TV shows and at least a selected magazine. Ozzy Photography can be contacted at 74544574.

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UN, De Beers launch programme for Women

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The most recent opportunity for women entrepreneurs is the United Nations (UN) and De Beers project – a three-year capacity-building programme to improve the livelihoods of more than 1,200 women micro-entrepreneurs in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

Launched last month, the project is tailored specifically for each country, and is expected to be delivered with local implementation partners and focus on regions that have high levels of unemployment and where formal job opportunities are limited.

“Through these programmes, we hope to equip women entrepreneurs with the skills, training and confidence to build successful and sustainable businesses,” said Bruce Cleaver, Chief Executive Officer, De Beers Group. Cleaver believes the project will help prop up communities’ economic activities, as women are proven to reinvest more of their income back into the community and to actively support the creation of jobs for others.

According to De Beers Group the beneficiaries will be equipped with management skills to build confidence and capacity to operate and grow successful small businesses. Anne Shongwe, UN Women Representative, South Africa Multi-Country Office said the programme aims to complement national efforts on job creation and economic empowerment of women.

“Investing in women’s economic empowerment, particularly with women in the informal sector, sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth,” said Shongwe.

She further said investing in the capacity development of women micro-entrepreneurs leads to women having higher incomes, better access to and control over resources.

The programme is part of De Beers Group’s three-year partnership with UN Women, which includes a US$3 million investment to advance women and girls in De Beers Group’s diamond producing countries, announced in September last year. Over the past years women pioneers who have passionately grown local businesses include, Theresa Mokoka, renowned female farmer in Kweneng, Nkata Seleka, founder and owner of Sleek Foods, among others.

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Seed Co lists on the BSEL bourse

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Seed Co, the Africa-focused seed company has listed its shares on the Botswana Stock Exchange Limited (BSEL) effective 5th October 2018. The shares for the Zimbabwean based company started trading on the same day.

“This is a primary listing by way of introduction of the issued share capital of Seed Co, comprising of 379,331,127 of ordinary shares on the main Board of the BSEL,” reads BSEL media statement. Seed Co is a leading certified seed company authorized to market seed varieties developed by itself, government and other associated seed breeders in over fifteen (15) African countries. The company is involved in the breeding, multiplication and distribution of mainly hybrid seed varieties.

In commenting on this milestone by Seed Co, the Chief Executive Officer of BSEL Thapelo Tsheole highlighted that, “this reinforces the value of listing companies on the exchange as this listing reiterates that for companies that wish to raise capital or increase visibility in the market, the stock exchange is the right avenue”. He further said BSEL is happy to welcome a company of Seed Co’s stature to the market.

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