Time Projects to erect new business hub in Setlhoa Park

Time Projects’ new office park in Setlhoa village in Block 10 will be the new business hub in Gaborone North with capacity to create about 100 jobs for citizens in its construction phase. The development, Pinnacle Park consists of customised 150-meter square to 600-meter square offices and showrooms that will be for sale and rental. The P150 million project is expected to commence beginning August and complete by July 2019. In an interview with the Business Trends, Time Projects Commercial Manager, Brett Marlin said they wanted to offer low rank office parks with a lot of space and landscaping similar to offices in South Africa. “We realised that there is lack of office space for people in the Northern side of the capital, so we wanted to cater for those people so they do not have to travel long distance to the Central Business District or Fairgrounds. We believe that Setlhoa is going to be the new hub in Gaborone North,” said Marlin.

18th May 2018

Women talk business over a cup to tea

18th May 2018

Women in business have been advised to maintain a firm and strong ground in operating and running their business enterprises. This is a necessary trait for an entrepreneur especially for women who amongst others face challenges that include; intense competition from male counter parts, and cultural norms that tend to constrain full female entrepreneual participation. This was a discussion sparked at the WIBA annual high tea held this past weekend where female stewards gathered to explore the theme; ‘Be empowered and being a rare gem.’ This year’s installment was designed to teach aspiring entrepreneurs about the fundamental skills, attitudes, and discipline it takes to be an entrepreneur, through inspirational stories from accomplished entrepreneurs.

Puma Energy provides convenience in Khawa

18th May 2018

Puma Energy Botswana continues in its mandate of fueling experiences. Over the weekend, the fuel and lubricants company, for the sixth consecutive year sponsored the 2018 Khawa Sand Dune Challenge that took place in Khawa from May 10 to 13. This year’s Khawa Sand Dune Challenge saw Puma Energy take their product to the small village. A mobile petrol and diesel filling station was set-up with fuel being sold and charged at local prices.

Ginger brewer prioritises customer satisfaction

18th May 2018

Though very new in the market, Imbir Homemade Ginger is already making an impact as its branding and bar coding allows it to be sold in retails stores, something that hinders local products’ entry into the retail market. Kealeboga Moleele of Imbir Homemade Ginger operates from Lenganeng in Tlokweng and tells Business Trends that the feedback that she has received so far in relation to her product is positive. “I started this business in 2017 and the feedback is excellent so far. I appreciate it and I am willing to match the demand. It is actually not how fast you build the house but how firm and strong it is, so I try my level best to be consistent in order to attract my customers,” said Moleele.

Shell rolls out expansion plan

18th May 2018

Vivo Energy Botswana is undertaking an expansion plan to offer more service and value at its service stations to meet customer needs through its new ‘Welcome’ convenience stores. The Welcome brand conveys a sense of hospitality, optimism and dynamism to meet the needs of customers. Launching the brand at Shell Marang Filling station in Francistown last week, Vivo Energy Supply and Distribution Manager, Oscar Isaacs said ‘Welcome’ offers convenience, variety and optimum satisfaction to customers, as it will have a shopping area and an eatery.

Eleven weeks to CEDA/DBSA deadline

18th May 2018

Students in selected institutions of high learning have about 11 weeks to submit their proposals for the grand prize of P250 000 in the CEDA/DBSA University Challenge that was launched in March this year. This is the second year of the competition - a partnership between the Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). The Challenge that closes on August 3, 2018, has since been extended to include participation of the general public.

Fast tract tourism policies – Dr Matsheka

15th May 2018

Chairperson of the Executive Committee for Hospitality and Tourism Association of Botswana (HATAB), Dr Thapelo Matsheka is appealing for the fast tracking of the revision of policies and legislative instruments that have either been overtaken by events or are now impediments to the development of the tourism industry. Dr Matsheka was speaking at the 2018 Hatab Annual Conference in Maun last week. Among the pieces of legislature that Dr Matsheka sighted are the Tourism Policy of 1991, Tourism Master-Plan of 2000, Wildlife and National Parks Act, Environment Impact Assessment Act and Regulations, as well as other related documents. “These need to be modernised as they are the necessary tools needed to enable the industry to meet customer expectations in the modern world,” he said. Matsheka is worried that failure to bring them in line with modern and new ways of doing business has contributed to the lack of diversification of products offering and in the ultimate, slowed the necessary job creation opportunities. He said Botswana continues to be behind in the provision of up to date statistics in the tourism sector and this makes it difficult for potential investors to assess current market status and future growth potential.

Kenewendo pins hope on industrial revolution

15th May 2018

Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Bogolo Kenewendo says the fourth industrial revolution presents opportunities for countries like Botswana to deal with a number of problems, among them high levels of unemployment. Kenewendo was speaking at the 48th St Gallen Symposium in Switzerland on the future of work, Artificial Intelligence, challenges and opportunities of job creation in the fourth industrial revolution. “We see the fourth industrial revolution as a potential, we see opportunities for us to deal with the challenges that we have not been able to deal with to date,” she told delegates at the symposium. Kenewendo further said Botswana is readying herself to take advantage of the demographic dividend that will be presented by the growth in population in Africa. It is said that Africa will have the largest population of young people by 2100 and will contribute 80 percent of the four billion rise in global population by that time.

BTCL poised for job cuts

15th May 2018

Possible job losses are expected as Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL) is currently undergoing an organisational structure review to ensure alignment with the company’s recently revised strategy. Last year, BTCL reviewed its strategy to improve customer service. BTCL Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Masunga said the company’s new strategy is aimed at improving customer satisfaction. In response to The Midweek Sun questions, BTCL Head of Stakeholder Relations, Thato Sedirwa could not disclose how many employees would be affected but revealed that the strategic alignment is meant to enhance operational efficiency across all divisions. “The exercise has been ongoing since July 2017 and is being undertaken in compliance with the country’s labour laws, and internal consultative processes.

Engen launches ‘win a tractor’ promotion

15th May 2018

Botswana Stock Exchange Listed oil company, Engen Botswana announced its commitment to contribute to improving the country’s food security in Botswana through its agriculture-focused promotions. Launching its sixth win a tractor promotion, Engen Managing Director, Chimweta Monga said they have decided to differentiate themselves from the rest by giving away prizes that would serve as a catalyst to the economic wellbeing of Batswana.

Sefalana donates P64 000 to Lesang Bana Care Centre

15th May 2018

Sefalana Holdings continues to support small retailers in their social responsibility projects, says Operations Director, Moagi Buzwani. Through partnership with its banner group stores, Sefalana donated P64 000 to Lesang Bana Care Centre, which will be channelled to school development projects. Sefalana Cash & Carry has been in partnership with its banner group members, Super 7, Super Deal and City Saver Franchise stores over the past 18 years to donate to the needy organisations.

Ozzy Photography finds niche in shooting weddings

15th May 2018

For Osego Maseko of Ozzy Photography, photography started as a hobby but he now takes pride in it as a business. Maseko views wedding videography and photography in Botswana as a very lucrative business and suggests that it needs higher creativity. His journey in photography started in 2013 whilst a student at UB. He would capture pictures at various events whenever he had an opportunity and some of his pictures would be published with the University newspaper, UB Horizon. This motivated him further and he gained confidence and worked around the clock to become a professional. Later in 2014, he was absorbed by Oneline Multimedia Company where he was more exposed to the business aspect of photography.

Less worry, more sleep

15th May 2018

They say money makes the world go round and because of this, a lot of people would rather work odd hours so that they can make ends meet, than take off days and relax. Sleep is a condition of body and mind, which typically recurs for several hours, in which the nervous system is inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed and consciousness practically suspended. A lot of people associate sleep with laziness and lack of ambition and drive, but that is not always the case. Yes, oversleeping has its own effects, which are not quite good, but there is a difference between oversleeping and giving your body and mind the rest that they deserve to fully function well. It is said that an adult should have about seven to eight hours of sleep and anything less than that is what is called sleep deprivation, which can be either acute or chronic. Sleep deprivation is the condition of not having enough sleep.

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