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.”
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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