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OMY tales a leap of faith in construction

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For 22-year old Botho Mokopotsa construction made a lot of sense back in 2014 when he formed a company called One Man Journey(OMY) to provide architectural, construction, geological and landscaping services.

Mokopotsa has always had an entrepreneurial mind. He began with a tuck-shop at home in Morwa village. Before he conceptualised OMY he approached Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency for funding on a multi residential plot but was turned down. That did not dampen his spirit. He started One Man Journey with his partner Botho Mokoto to fill the gap in the market for affordable construction.

Mokopotsa has no qualification related to construction but a certificate in law and is currently studying Finance. He says he does not need to have an educational background in construction for his business as he trusts his employees who are all professionals in the construction industry.
OMY employs 60 people some on permanent basis and others on contract.

They currently have 25 construction sites for individuals nationwide, that they are undertaking and said their projects have always been on individual homes as they are their target market. He explained that in the construction industry, one‘s work has to speak for itself and that they get clients from recommendations from past clients because they always strive for perfection.

His major challenge in the construction business is the low profit margins in tenders which do not really make a major difference in their profits. They also offer building maintenance schemes such as silver scheme at P100 monthly as well as offer credit building schemes and credit for unfinished houses. “We want to become a one-stop shop for everything to do with construction we would love to have a hardware store, open branches nationwide and also list in the Botswana Stock Exchange one day” said Mokopotsa.

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OLOPENG HEAPS PRAISE ON BSE FINANCE CHALLENGE

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Minister Thapelo Olopeng

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.

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WE ARE NOT USING DIAMONDS TO KILL ELEPHANTS, THAT’S HOGWASH! – BOTSWANA MINISTER

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Orapa Mine, part of Debswana

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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