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.
Cell City rewards customers
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.
Smecha chillie hits the shelves
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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