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Bandile Mooka, a Botswana entrepreneur turning her passion for floral decor and art into a business

Many busineses start out as a result of a passion or a personal interest. In the case of Botswana entrepreneur Bandile Mooka, founder of specialist events solution and decor business, Niyacraft, that passion stemmed from the world of art and design.

What does your company do?

Niyacraft is an A-Z events solution business, and our range of services include:

  • Unique Floral Designs
  • Décor and Contemporary Art pieces for corporate developments, hospitality and various institutions, including on-site consultation, delivery and installations
  • Beverage solutions for the Retail and Hospitality industry. We supply thousands of beverages from many suppliers from around the world, but predominantly from South Africa. These include wines, craft spirits, craft beers, mixers, syrups and water. We have approximately 35 core brand partners for whom we sell a lot of wine, and hence we can offer some of the best prices out there for our customers.

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Basadi Ohimile - The startup story of an entrepreneur from Botswana with a passion for communication and creativity

What does your company do?

The Concept King is a creative company specializing in communication and advertising services in its broad spectrum, including Public Relations strategy, Marketing, Brand Management, Promotions, Corporate Gifts, Print Booking, Graphic Design and Creative advertising (Press,Television, & Radio). The Concept King offers a creative resource pool to clients and customers in a different way, bringing together a powerful network of communication and creative specialists under one strategic framework, to develop fully integrated communication solutions for our clients. 

What inspired you to start your company?

What inspired me was my own self reliance which was instilled in me at a very young age, together with my desire to share my talent for communications with the world while I help them to grow their brands.

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The economic impact of travel and tourism in Botswana

As one of the world’s largest economic sectors, Travel & Tourism creates jobs, drives exports, and generates prosperity across the world. The International Year provides an enormous opportunity to further showcase the tremendous economic, social, cultural, environmental, and heritage value that the sector can bring. Below are some key impacts travel and tourism had on Botswana's economy.

1. Direct contribution: The direct contribution of Travel & Tourism to GDP was BWP6,278.9mn (USD573.5mn), 3.9% of total GDP in 2016 and is forecast to rise by 8.5% in 2017, and to rise by 5.1% pa, from 2017-2027, to BWP11,208.0mn (USD1,023.7mn), 4.3% of total GDP in 2027.

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Petronella Matumo - Botswana’s leading woman entrepreneur

She sits at the summit of the most successful local business in Botswana. Though she makes running a business looks like child’s play, Petronella Matumo insists it has not always been easy.

She is the owner of Private Collection, which operates from the high end Riverwalk Mall, where suitors clamour for the latest diamond rings and accessories for their loved ones. 

Other than Private Collection, she has other businesses and sits in various other boards, including chairing some such as the leading property developer PrimeTime. At the beginning she wanted to create a diamond company called Ica, drawn from the word Africa, (even though she did not have money, let alone any knowledge about jewellery production!)

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