Recent pro-local empowerment trade policies by Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry have set an early indication that government if finally bending to protect local manufacturers against dominant South African players.
The cleaning chemicals industry could be the next big industry with citizens having ventured into the industry. For years, this industry has been the purview of the South African markets because it is considered complex and technical. This week, Gofamodimo Solomon, Director of Neco Rays (Pty) Ltd, a cleaning chemical production company revealed that the sector should be taken seriously because of the growth potential it poses.
Neco Rays is among burgeoning Cleaning Chemicals companies located in Mogoditshane that have been become a hit with consumers on the streets. While the products are produced in Botswana, the entire chemical are imported in countries such as China and South Africa and then mixed and packed in Botswana for sale.
Neco Rays, a self-funded company started operating in November 2017, but it is settling well in with its clientele growing by the day. Its director reveals that there are at least 5 employees that have been hired on full time basis, and about 300 worth litres of cleaning chemicals leave the company factory every day. Despite a breakthrough in supplying different businesses, hotels, parastatals and homesteads, like most manufactures, the company is yet to sell its products through the leading retailers such as Choppies and Spar.
Neco Rays is currently working on expanding its distribution channels, including using the retail giants as well as exporting to the neighbouring countries. Choppies’ foot print in neighbouring countries and other part of the continent such as Kenya could also prove to be handy for the company and other industry’s player’s expansion plans. Part of the cleaning chemical that Neco Rays and other companies produce in Mogoditshane included Liquid soap, Engine Cleaners, Zinc Cleaners as well as Dash Board cleaners among others.
Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Bogolo Kenwendo last week revealed in his roadmap that government will be prioritising entrepreneurship and the advancement of Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) as the catalysts to achieving economic growth and development as well as economic diversification.
Kenewendo also said her ministry will explore export-led growth by promoting export of good for which the country has a comparative advantage. Government said it will assist in creation Market access through negotiation of Trade agreement with strategic partners. Kenewendo also promised that government will facilitate development of export incentives for local companies. Government recently imposed its protectionist policies, such as banning bottle water as well as cement.
While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.
Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.
Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.
Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.
Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”
“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.
He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.
He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.
According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.
There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.
Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.
“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication. The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.