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Infinite Foods promotes plant-based meat revolution in Africa

A local company, Infinite Foods, which is a subsidiary of Accite Holdings has said it is planning to tackle Africa’s nutrition challenges through the promotion of plant-based food products across the continent. According to the company, the Africa’s growing population will see more people move into middle income status and with it increase their meat and dairy intake.

However, increased meat and dairy intake on the global scale will add more strain on the natural resources, which will struggle to sustain the projected surge in demand for red meat and milk. To guarantee that the citizens have access to meat, Infinite Foods has introduced Beyond Burger.  The product was adopted following a recent study carried out by M.C. Heller and G.A. Keoleian of the Centre for Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan in the United States.

The study results cited that when compared with traditional ways of livestock rearing and processing from cradle-to-distribution cycle, the Beyond Burger plant-based meat production system generates 90 percent less greenhouse gas emissions, uses 46 percent less energy, has 99 percent less impact on water scarcity and 93 percent less impact on land use than a standard quarter pound of beef. Infinite Foods has been distributing plant-based burgers, sausages, and ground “beef” for about a year now.

Its partner Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger is currently available in over 700 restaurants across Botswana, Mauritius, and South Africa. They are scaling up operations to include Kenya and Ghana by first quarter of 2020. The company said starting with burgers in popular sit-down restaurants made sense. It said more and more people had moved into the middle class and they will aspire to eat out more and this will result in an increase in meat consumption in these markets.

The Beyond Burger was now available in retailers like Woolworths, and popular local hangouts like the Daily Grind in Gaborone Botswana. Currently for most of the population in these countries, the food basket is heavily weighted towards starchy foods due to affordability and the high price of meat. Infinite Foods said it was now moving swiftly into scale-up, hoping to get pricing of the new product closer to being competitive with traditional products riding on economies of scale by moving larger volumes.


Ultimately, Infinite Foods plans to manufacture the plant-based protein products locally in Africa soon. This will unlock more efficiencies in the value chain, driving down the prices. “This will make a real impact by unlocking opportunities for local job creation and the creation of new food and agriculture businesses,” said Michelle Adelman, the chief executive of Infinite Foods.

“These will include new farms and scaling up existing ones to grow the raw materials such as cashews, peas, mung beans, beets, and potatoes. We are just at the beginning of the plant-based movement — an exciting opportunity of our food system,” she said. “Plant-based foods have the opportunity to improve health, protect the environment and enable transformation of our agriculture system, all while delivering great tasting meat and dairy Africans love.”

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Food prices continue to rise, but at a slower rate

28th November 2022

Prices for cereals or staple foods in Botswana and other Southern African countries continue to rise at a slower pace, following trends in the global markets, according to the latest November 2022 Food Price Monitoring and Analysis by Food Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

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Still doing business the old way?

18th November 2022

It’s time to get business done better with MTN Business Botswana’s ICT Solutions.

Running a digital businessMTN Business Solutions Botswana, popularly known as MTN Business is an Internet Service Provider. We are a subsidiary of MTN Group Limited, a multinational telecommunications Group headquartered in South Africa, which operates in 19 markets across Africa and the Middle East.

More and more, clients are looking for ways to keep their staff productive in a dynamically changing business environment. Whether your people are working from home, the office or abroad, there is a growing recognition that digitising your operations can offer unprecedented commercial value in flexibility, productivity and growth. This new, digital reality means that it is more important than ever to stay agile – if there is anything that can slow a business down, it is being burdened by othatld technology.

Having made substantial investments in fibre technology, high-speed terrestrial and undersea networks and new frequency spectrum across the markets wherein it operates, MTN is perfectly positioned to respond to this shift in the market.

A few years ago, MTN also made the decision to build an IP capable radio network for its mobile services, giving its core network the ability to seamlessly integrate with enterprise IP networks. The mobile towers deliver services to enterprise clients absolutely anywhere it has a network, shortening the last mile and removing complexity and cost.

Now there is increasing demand from clients to connect their remote sites in all areas, including rural and semi- rural. MTN has assisted clients with overcoming this connectivity hurdle, enabling their staff to get the job done wherever they are.
MTN’s evolution

For MTN, the focus has shifted from just being a core telecommunications services provider, towards also becoming a technology solutions provider. The service offering now also includes Unified Communications, Data Hosting and Cloud Solutions, Security-As-A-Service and Managed Network Services. The scope has changed to being client and industry specific, so the requirements and service portfolio vary from one client to the next. The expectation is that a company like MTN must respond to these challenges, helping clients to get business done better as they shift from old to new technologies.

As many businesses continue to grapple with a digitally dynamic world, they face new challenges that have to be solved. This environment will benefit those that are more digitally enabled and agile. It is a brave new world that will favour online over on-site, wireless over wired and fluid over formulaic. Businesses will seek out partners and suppliers that are every bit as flexible and forward-looking as they are.
Ultimately, clients need partners like MTN Business that will invest in infrastructure, deliver the services they require, have market credibility, are financially sound and have a long-term commitment to their market presence.

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BIE to vitalize the Dignity of Engineers

9th November 2022

Botswana Institution Of Engineers (BIE), has last week hosted a gala dinner in  which they appreciated engineers who worked tirelessly and with dedication for 10 years from 1983 to steer the BIE to its current status.

The event that was held at the Phakalane Golf Estate had brought together young, experienced and veteran engineers and was held under the theme “Vitalize the dignity and eminence of all professional engineers”.

Explaining the theme, the institution’s treasurer, Thanabalasingam Raveendran said that engineers were looked upon reverentially with respect as the educated but with time it seems to have deteriorated. He indicated that there is a need to change the narrative by all means.

“The BIE exists for the welfare and the betterment of us Botswana engineers, we need to recognize specialised units within our Institution. We Engineers strongly believe in Engineers make it happen” Raveendran said.

He indicated that under the theme they appeal to all engineers to energize, to attain quality of being worthy of honour and respect and to achieve recognized superiority amongst the Society.

Raveendran stated that engineers need to ensure their end product is of good quality satisfying the end users expectations and engineers must be honest in their work.

“Approximately 8000 engineers registered with Engineering Regulatory Board (ERB) are not members of the BIE, engineers need to make every effort to recruit them to BIE” he said.

He alluded that BIE being a society, it currently needs to upgrade itself at par with professional institutions elsewhere like the UK and USA.

He further stated that BIE has to have engineering units of specialised disciplines like Civil/Mechanical/electrical etc

“As President Masisi indicated in his inaugural speech, the young people, who make 60 percent of the population of this country, are the future leaders and therefore investing in them is building the bridge to the future” said Raveendran

Kandima indicated that BIE has a memorandum of Understanding with Engineers Registration Board (ERB), where BIE is a recognised provider of CPD training, mentorship programmes and more importantly IPD undertaking to upgrade the skills and know-how of our engineers.

“For us to achieve our mandate and make worthwhile changes to engineering in Botswana, we have to be totally focused and act with intent” said Kandima.

Furthermore, Stephen Williams, past president of the BIE from 1986-1988 told the engineers that  the BIE provides a fertile environment where they can meet, share ideas and grow professionally.

“The BIE is also a nesting place for graduate engineers to learn from their peers and seniors, it also cater for engineering technicians and technologists and so nobody in the technology field is left out” he said.

He further indicated that Botswana Government provides a conductive environment for growth of engineering professionals.

“It must be stated that the Botswana Government recognises the existence of BIE and it can further be stated that the government enables ERB to carry out its mandate as a regulator of engineering professionals” said Williams

He plead with engineering companies to recognize and support BIE as it is the only source of engineering personnel’s for various Industries .

Furthermore, when giving his farewell speech, Michael Pinard , a past president of the institution  said how they are viewed as engineers by the general public might be due to some lack of appreciation as to exactly what role they play in the development of the country.

“The BIE slogan is aptly coined-Engineers make it happen, in other words, what man dreams engineers create” Said Pinard.

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