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Women in business have been advised to maintain a firm and strong ground in operating and running their business enterprises. This is a necessary trait for an entrepreneur especially for women who amongst others face challenges that include; intense competition from male counter parts, and cultural norms that tend to constrain full female entrepreneual participation. This was a discussion sparked at the WIBA annual high tea held this past weekend where female stewards gathered to explore the theme; ‘Be empowered and being a rare gem.’ This year’s installment was designed to teach aspiring entrepreneurs about the fundamental skills, attitudes, and discipline it takes to be an entrepreneur, through inspirational stories from accomplished entrepreneurs.

The guest speaker, Batsho Dambe-Groth told those in attendance that endurance goes a long way in achieving goals and reaching targets for any entrepreneur. She added that endurance does not mean that you have to burn yourself out, but rather means setting priorities, making a plan on how you are going to achieve those priorities and sticking to it. “Endure to achieve goals. If you are building your own business, you will have to keep setting and trying to meet higher and higher goals. Be prepared for that and for taking advantage of the occasional ‘plateau’ to draw breath and take stock,” she adds. Founder of Business Kraal, Neo Tlhaselo topped that up to say in enduring the process of becoming a sought after business person, one needs to learn to ignore the negatives at all costs.

“In becoming you, you will have people who will continuously feed you with negative talk, you will go to places full of negativity and negative personal relationships, but it is crucial that one ignores the negative voices,” she emphasised. Ntombi Setshwaelo who has grown to be a success in her own right said with a world full of dualities, it is important to choose wisely. “Work on the woman within, build her up, do right by her in every aspect of the way. If its relationships, job, or business deals, choose those that will enhance a better you,” she says. Thabo Mhlanga, a mentor, coach and personal development strategist amongst others, highlighted that any successful woman is a woman who has first learnt to build the woman within. “A broken woman cannot make it in business, the business world needs a strong, firm and bold beings that do not crack so easily.

Mhlanga also encouraged business women to look at being different as a bonus rather than a demerit. “Choose to stand out rather than fit in, that which stands out is noticeable and most likely to set trends and influence the business market as a whole,” he highlights. WIBA high tea aims to provide value for women’s involvement and excitement, something to look forward to on an annual social calendar. As an association, WIBA had the sole mandate of spearheading the concerns of women in business. To achieve this, WIBA continues to encourage members to interact and to engage in effective forms of networking which brought about various economic initiatives.

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SMEs benefit from Consumer Fair growth

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The Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) has applauded Botswana Consumer Fair’s continued efforts to improve small to medium enterprises’ linkages.

BITC Chief Executive Officer, Keletsositse Olebile, when opening the fair, said the event has provided interactive forum for both local and foreign exhibitors. He said the shopping show has enabled manufacturers, wholesalers and traders to market their products directly to consumers, an alignment to government’s endeavors.

“As part of government intention, we continually encourage local sourcing by retailers and distributors,” said Olebile who is just few months into his new post. He further celebrated the growth of Botswana Consumer Fair over the years, attributing the expansion to quality of goods displayed at the previous shows.“Improved quality and increased variety of wares increases the interest of the visitors and makes them look forward to returning the following year,” said Olebile.

This year’s exhibitors at the 13th event still running under the banner: ‘It is more than just shopping’ have been drawn from Lesotho, Zambia, Swaziland, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, Japan, India, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Consumer Fair is a flagship event for Fairgrounds Holdings and provides a platform for small medium enterprises (SMEs) from the different sectors of the economy to showcase and promote their products and services. In addition, the SMEs are expected to establish long term business linkages and promote local manufactured goods.Fairgrounds Holdings is already optimistic that the Fair immensely contribute to the socio-economic development of the country through supporting SMEs.

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‘Involve SMMEs in standards development’-Minister

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Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Bogolo Kenewendo appealed to Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) to include the Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) when developing the standards to improve the sector.

She said the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry has identified three areas of focus going forward which are modeled on SMME development, investment promotion and export development apexes. “I would like to implore you to include this sector in standards development processes and assist in improving SMMEs conformity to standards and compliance to technical regulations,” said Kenewendo.

Speaking during the BOBS Technical Committee Members appreciation ceremony on Thursday, Kenewendo explained that the important roles of standards are underpinned by the aspirations and intentions espoused in both diversified export led economic growth and job creation as priority areas. “It goes without saying that the diversification of the economy requires a National Quality Infrastructure and Technical Regulatory Framework that promote competitiveness of Botswana goods and services.”

She also emphasized that an effective National Quality Infrastructure and Technical Regulatory Framework are essential as they provide crucial links to global trade, market access and export competitiveness through their contribution to consumer confidence in product safety, quality and the environment.Since inception in 1997 BOBS has published more than 1700 standards through 48 technical committees across several sectors of the economy; 109 certification licences have been issued against some of these standards. Currently 46 Botswana Standards are being implemented through the standards regulations with a view to protecting the health and safety of consumers as well as protection of the environment.

On her note, BOBS Vice Chairperson of the Standards Council, Professor Edward Dintwa said standards are powerful tools for helping organisations that implement them to realize their potential, have access and compete in the global marketplace. “In this highly competitive and complex world, issues of sustainability and productivity, viewed from economic, environmental and societal perspectives require that businesses must be more efficient in their operations, which can be achieved through the implementation of standards”.

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