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.”
OLOPENG HEAPS PRAISE ON BSE FINANCE CHALLENGE
Botswana Stock Exchange’s annual finance and investment competition for secondary school students has been applauded by the Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, Thapelo Olopeng.
The initiative, a capital market awareness tool that has been running for the past seven years, is increasing financial literacy and a culture of investment among young people. The initiative will see the country raise future billionaires through the stock markets. “It is a breath of fresh air to have tertiary students who are financially literate, who can manage their finances,” said the minister.
He urged students to invest even the smallest allowances they earn and have a hassle-free life after university. “Investing on the stock exchange is not only preserved for the rich, but for anyone with a bank account,” said Olopeng.
The minister said the secondary schools finance and investment competition is participation of the private sector in bridging the knowledge divide.Olopeng said the private sector participation augments his ministry’s efforts of providing and building knowledge and innovation through the development and implementation of the policy on tertiary education, research, science and technology to transform the economy from a resource based to a knowledge based.
“In this connection, we will continue to empower our students in order for them to lead better and successful lives which can propel them into the innovation ecosystem,” said Olopeng. BSE Chief Executive Officer, Thapelo Tsheole said the Senior Secondary Schools Finance and Investment Competition, first established in 2013 aims to sensitise and educate the student community about capital markets, with the strategic aim to increase financial literacy and promote a culture of investing at a young age.
The competition is open to all senior secondary schools across the country, including private and public senior secondary schools.
WE ARE NOT USING DIAMONDS TO KILL ELEPHANTS, THAT’S HOGWASH! – BOTSWANA MINISTER
Botswana is not using diamonds to kill elephants as alleged by some conservationists after the southern African country announced plans to lift a ban on elephant hunting to address growing conflict between humans and wildlife, a government official has said.
Minister of mineral resources, Green technology and energy security Eric Molale told a mining conference in Gaborone on Monday that the activists were tarnishing the image of Botswana. “That’s hogwash because we as Botswana are [good] conservationists and it is us who worked hard to make sure these elephants [are] brought to the numbers that we do have now,” he said.
“When conflicts arise, it is through consultation, [that we] find out how we can best manage our resources. The people have spoken and we are going to be managing the elephants in the best way that we can.
“We are not culling, we have re-introduced the trophy hunting and if you take 400 elephants per annum for trophy hunting against the 3-5% annual growth rate of the elephant herd that we have…[we are] just barely scratching on the surface.”
Botswana has about 130 000 elephants, the world’s largest population.Molale said Botswana will remain focused on things that are beneficial to the country and will not be distracted by issues spread by people that are not even privy to how things are done in the country.
“We have, however, invited them to come and learn more about what we are doing so they can better understand those important aspects of flora and fauna…”The conflict between humans and elephants had gone up since the ban was introduced in 2014.
Tourism is the second source of foreign income in Botswana after diamonds and conservationists fear that the former will be affected is the government cull elephant.
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