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Member of Parliament for Molepolole South, Dr Tlamelo Mmatli, has urged business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to stand for their ambitions. Giving a keynote address at a one-day business workshop in Molepolole on Tuesday, Dr Mmatli said it was important for entrepreneurs to always make informed decisions about the kind of businesses they intended to pursue. He commended the workshop organisers to have found it fit to sensitise entrepreneurs about basic business ethics and how to overcome challenges facing their businesses. He encouraged workshop attendants to take advantage of government programmes to develop themselves. He further urged funding authorities such as the Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA) and the Department of Gender Affairs to monitor and evaluate businesses to establish problems they might encounter so as to avoid collapse.

Business Opportunity Centre manager, Ms Gaolatlhe Kwenakgosi, hosted the workshop that was attended by stakeholders from different government departments and parastatals.

A representative from the Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) in Molepolole, Mr Semakaleng Majelantle said their organisation had an ongoing registration course for business training, where interested individuals were required to pay 15% tuition fee for courses planned to commence in April.

For his part, a Botswana Unified Revenue Services official, Mr Obakeng Khumo, highlighted said businesses were taxed 22% of their earnings. He advised entrepreneurs to use available online services to file annual returns as the platform was more efficient than the manual service.

Cluster policing coordinator for the Lekgwapheng area, Mr Andrew Selwe, urged entrepreneurs to secure their business properties by installing security devices. He said business owners should always ensure that they liaised with their area cluster volunteers to help them protect their businesses. Mr Selwe advised that business owners should by all means avoid conflict with their employees over payments. He urged them not to disclose information relating to their business. He also advised them against buying goods illegally.

Ms Kwenakgosi said she founded the Business Opportunity Centre after realising the need for entrepreneurs to be counselled following her tough forays into business. (BOPA)

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