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Multi-million Pula mall for Ramotswa

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Vantage Properties plans to build the first shopping mall in Ramotswa next year. Named Hill Top Mall, it will be the first semi closed mall and is estimated to cost P40 Million. Measuring approximately 5000 sqm Hill Top Mall is in its first phase.

The mall will meet the demand of the market in Ramotswa as well as save consumers travel time to Gaborone for shopping. “We want to change the property landscape in Ramotswa and give the people options and things to do in Ramotswa,” says the Chief Executive Officer of Vantage Properties Sethebe Manake, the developers of the Hill Top Mall.

Ramotswa village is 37 Kilometres from Gaborone but residents have to grapple with limited shops while the village is gradually expanding and unable to meet the growing demand for goods and services. Gaborone has been the first choice for shopping for Ramotswa residents.

Manake says the intention of the mall is to promote local businesses. The structure will be the first phase and the second phase includes hotel and entertainment facilities and a filling station. She says the mall is already open for lettings.

“We would like to be the first mall that gives preference to locally owned businesses,” Manake says. The owners of the centre are young business owners with the mandate to ensure that the mall will be professionally managed by Batswana, who also want to give a hand to other business owners to thrive in Botswana.

Currently the development team is engaging locals on the project and hope to break ground in May 2016. The mall is expected to open September 2018.

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Cell City rewards customers

Keikantse Lesemela

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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.

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Smecha chillie hits the shelves

Keikantse Lesemela

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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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