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Kwa Ga Ncinci mulls over franchising to expand business



Passing Fairgrounds mall by the corner of Motor Centre garage in Gaborone, driving down south towards Gaborone Dam, on the immediate left is a gravel road that goes past Sanitas garden on the way to Bojanala Waterfront.

Inside the farm-like site Bojanala Waterfront, is a simple African restaurant commonly known as ‘Kwa Ga Ncinci’. Inside this place is also a farmhouse, a few cattle grazing on the other side and looking afar, the long Gaborone Dam wall.

Kwa Ga Ncinci concept started in 2014, as a cry for help. Ncinci Moitsadi, the youthful owner tells Business Trends that she was broke and had just lost her marketing and branding company which she had worked for five years.

She had always harboured a passion for cooking, but owning a restaurant was never in her mind, until the time she lost her branding and marketing company.
Desperate times called for desperate measures.

She had to hustle something which could bring food to the table. Ncinci started cooking her scrumptious meals at the back of her house with only two pots. She received help from some of her friends to soldier on with the concept.

She then moved from home to open a restaurant at Bojanala Waterfront. In 2015, Zeus the local rapper, approached Ncinci and introduced her to “jam for brunch’ initiative and asked her to be a catering partner.

Jam for brunch is a Sunday chill session, over good food and good music, where friends bring camp chairs and relax on a lawn feeling the fresh breeze and birds singing.  

“The place is great and is more than just a restaurant. We will host weddings, parties and chill sessions. We try to offer something different. The place can open your mind to a lot of things,” she says. From a one man’s kitchen to 11 employees, Ncinci says it is an amazing experience for her.

All Ncinci’s furnishing is locally produced, from the benches, stools, tables, cushions, decors, branding; this she says is her effort of giving every Motswana an opportunity to do business with her.

The lady glows with a smile, confident that her dream has been achieved. “I need to franchise this business and make sure that young Batswana own it.”

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Botswana Railways hit by fuel theft

The MidweekSun Admin



Botswana Railways CEO, Louis Makwinja

Botswana Railways lost fuel business due to continuous incidents of stolen fuel from the tanks and delays mainly at Mafikeng, in the north Western side of South Africa.

Botswana Railways Chief Executive Officer Leonard Makwinja said, during 2017/2018, their biggest failure was in this area. “Our biggest failure in this aspect was on imports, transporting of fuel from South Africa proved to be a challenge.

There have been incidents of fuel loss on tankers, sometimes a delay in Mafikeng when trains changed and when it arrives in Botswana the tank would be half empty, “said Makwinja. He said this was worsened by allegations that road transportation was cheaper. Currently, they have employed a fuel consultant to look into the whole fuel transportation. “We believe a solution will be found soon.”

The BR Chief explained they heavily rely on the relationship with Transnet to successfully execute its freight mandate. Most of the imports through rail come from South Africa and the main export through rail which is salt and soda ash is transported from Botash to Mafikeng. “Going onwards we have to depend on Transnet for connections to the respective destinations. Our strategic plan going forward is to improve our services to the oil companies so that we are more reliable, timely and profitable.”

During the period, Makwinja said they had to focus on cost containment. The main cost drivers are staff cost, fuel and maintenance of the locomotives. In his statement on Botswana Railways 2018 annual report, Makwinja said the organization’s performance was subdued due to lack of capacity to meet the demand. “In terms of tonnage, our target was 2 million tons but we only achieved 1, 5 million tons. This adverse variance can be attributed to a number of factors including lack of sufficient locomotives and practicing conservative business initiatives and marketing,” he said.

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Calls to improve crop yields with technology

Keikantse Lesemela



Greenhouse Technologies managing director, Amanda Masire has urged entrepreneurs to venture into agriculture as it is a lucrative business and more beneficial to the national economic development, despite climate change challenges.

Speaking to Business Trends, Masire said there is a need for more training and knowledge on modern agriculture technologies for the country to have sustainable food production. “I am passionate about agriculture and food production. I want to help my country to produce food for itself and reduce dependency on imports. I have learnt that despite all the challenges of climate change, we can still produce our own food through the use of modern technologies,” said Masire.

Masire is an agri-business developer, specializing in horticulture, beekeeping and fish farming. She currently operates Greenhouse Farmers Academy offering training and mentorship on horticulture farming. “Agriculture is the most lucrative business that young people should be looking into. Currently, we depend much on South Africa. We should rise up and develop the sector because as Batswana we have rich land that we are not utilising.” Her services include horticulture starter kit, which includes business plans, lessons, fertilisers and all equipments necessary for a particular horticulture project.

She is currently working with the Ministry of Agriculture Development and Food Security to develop the ISPAAD Program. She said government would embrace modern farming technologies to improve food production. “Most Batswana have lands which they are currently not ploughing because of climate change conditions while the government gives out fertilizers and seeds every year to subsistence farmers yet there is no yield. I have come up with solutions, which include testing soil and supplying lime treatment to reduce acidity. This will help improve crop yield when adopted with other technologies,” she said.

Speaking during Stanbic Lionness Lean In Africa, Masire said with the challenges in the agriculture sector, Batswana should stop looking much into the problems and getting discouraged but should rather think of solutions. “Government is trying but we individuals also need to be innovative and assist government in improving food security. Young people should take opportunity of the agri-business market and reduce unemployment,” said Masire.

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