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Kwa Ga Ncinci mulls over franchising to expand business

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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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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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