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Cheka Price revolutionises shopping experience

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If you’re one of those shoppers that love flipping through different stores’ sale pamphlets to compare prices for the most affordable, Cheka Price is just what you need.

Cheka Price is a mobile application that helps shoppers to go through stacks of advertisements at the click of a button to access prices of different stores. Its developer, Letsweletse Seatla, was motivated by an urge to relieve people from the hassle of running around the market in search of the right product, right price and quality service.

He says that Cheka Price will open new dimensions for local shopping that were not there before. “You cannot roam around the market all the time and expect to get the best,” he says, adding that Cheka Price will revolutionise local shopping by helping people make informed decisions of what, where and how to buy. 

It will include features like live price comparison, price drop alerts, shopping list calculator and map (you just add the items and it will route you to which item is available at what place), said Seatla. Cheka Price is a subsidiary of a local ICT Consultancy Company called IBlim Enterprise, which has departments that run different operations.

Seatla mentioned diversity among the core objectives of their company, since they are hoping to partner with international companies in future. He strongly believes that Cheka Price is bound to change the way people shop locally forever. He likened Cheka Price to having the whole market in your pocket and also with an assistant who will help you in everything you need to know about shopping.

Seatla however said that they are still in the development phase of the application, which is heavily backed by not only the research of local market but across the world regarding customers’ shopping behaviours. The company is still in the process of collaboration with the major vendors and planning to extend all across the market regardless of the type of commodity.

He says they have received a tremendous amount of appreciation from almost all the parties they have so far met. The application will be availed on Google Play and the date of the launch will be revealed soon. For updates people can like Cheka Price Facebook page or subscribe to their website chekaprice.co.bw with email or mobile number to get the latest updates and notices on when the application is available for download.

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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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