Botswana Football Association and Choppies Group announced a 3-year sponsorship yesterday, valued at P3, 780, 000. The sponsorship is towards the youth male national teams; namely under-20, under-17 and under-15.

The under 20 team is the first to benefit from this sponsorship as they have been in the camp the whole of February and last weekend of January. The sponsorship will assist in their preparations and take care of the teams.

In his acceptance, Football Association President Maclean Letshwiti, highlighted that Choppies is no stranger to supporting Botswana sports, from events like Olympic Games 2012 and 2016 to now joining football. Sports Excellence is an initiative that the company has always looked at with excitement and passion.

“Choppies has understood that for any country to benefit from sporting excellence there is the need to invest in the early development of that code. When the long-term vision of BFA was shared with them the company immediately fell in love with what the association wanted to achieve. Choppies did not want to celebrate the joys of a journey they weren’t part off, they speak highly of the need to walk this journey with us and ensure they pay back to the society that they leave in and trade with,” said Letshwiti.

“As of today, we start a journey to developing youth that will in the future put Botswana on the map. We wish to start with the current under-15 and under-17 and build a strong team that will dominate the COSAFA region. With the under 17 and 20 teams, we need a team that will compete for a possible birth to the 2024 Olympics, ” continued Letshwiti.

“We are delighted to have such a partner who will assist our teams in reducing the financial cost of the association. We are humbled that you are now taking the lead once again in showing that a sport as manageable as football needs to be used as a vehicle to social empowerment and a driver of the new marketing waves in our society,” concludeBFA President Maclean

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“Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions.” Dalai Lama

The 20th March is International Day of Happiness. It is a day set aside to divert the world’s attention to just ‘being happy’.

In an attempt to spread ‘happiness’ we thought ‘what better way to commemorate this day than to spend it with the elderly community?’ They caught our attention because in most cases senior citizens are forlorn and spend days on end alone and with nothing to do.

We found an old age home called ‘Gabane House of Hope’ where the care takers visit the elderly at their homes to make sure that they are well and are generally in good spirits.

Our request to commemorate this day with Gabane House of Hope was well received and on the 17th March Choppies staff travelled through the hail storm to Gabane where 20 elderly citizens were waiting for us. We sang songs, laughed, danced  and did all we could to make sure that that day was one they would remember for a long time. We brought them a cake, fruits, juice, yogurt, face clothes, bars of soap and Choppies merchandise.

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Winston Churchill once said “we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” This is something Choppies prides herself with. Our CSR program has been set in place to meet the needs of Batswana and put a smile on their faces in the process and this month was no different.

The Choppies team payed Cheshire Foundation Rehabilitation Centre in Mogoditshane a visit. This centre is for disabled children. The staff there are trained to cater for all the children’s needs such as physiotherapy, special diets, psychosocial needs and so much more and hosts 25 children.

What is truly amazing about the children here is that they are such spirited children. They possess so much life and will to live even though their circumstances do not allow. When we walked into their dining hall which was our meeting place, we were welcomed by loud music and the children having the time of their lives.

For the hunt, every child was paired with an adult and they had to look for clues in and around the dining hall. The children, now all sporting Choppies t-shirts and caps had never been more ready to get started. Everyone wanted to get to the last clue first! From a distance it was as if you were watching a need for speed movie!

Once the race was done, the children were treated to sandwiches, juice, Easter eggs and loads of candy from Choppies. They were also each given a choppies mug.

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With the aim of increasing academic excellence amongst pupils, Choppies Stores has donated five computers to Borakalalo Primary School in Molepolole.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Ms Tshegofatso Molosiwa, the executive marketing officer at Choppies, explained that they believed in investing in education.

“This partnership will accord us the opportunity to continue to lend a helping hand to this school as we are passionate about education. We hope that the computers will be used effectively and contribute to academic excellence,” she said.

Ms Molosiwa noted that it was not the first time they donated to the school, adding that in 2016 they donated three computers. She urged students to study hard and aim for a 100 per cent pass rate, noting that they would be using computers for their research and projects.

“I plead with you to be obedient to your teachers and work hard to achieve good results,” she said.

For her part, the chief education officer for Kweneng region, Ms Cecelia Sunday commended Choppies for assisting the school. “Such partnerships are vital and we appreciate them very much, and we hope that the computers will be effectively used to benefit pupils and the school at large,” she said.

She further urged teachers to cherish and use the computers for their daily teaching endeavours in order to improve academic performance among pupils. The school head, Ms Mothusi Gaoforwe expressed gratitude towards Choppies for choosing to partner with them.

“We have been operating with less computers and Choppies came to our aid. We are thankful that pupils will now have the opportunity to attend computer lessons with ease as we also have Internet connection,” said Ms Gaoforwe.

“In 2017 the Primary School Leaving Examinations results were 89.9 per cent and this year we want to hit the 100 per cent mark, and with the assistance of the new computers we are sure we will manage. Each and every pupil has pledged 80 per cent target for  the end of year examinations,” she said.  ENDS

Source : BOPA Author : Orapeleng Batisane
Location : MOLEPOLOLE Event : Handover Ceremony
Date : Mar 13 Tue,2018
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How can you save in supermarkets? We’ve all been there you get to the check-out counter and find that you don’t have enough money to pay for all the items and the till operator is looking at you with the impatient glare that they have mastered. The solution to the question of how to save in supermarkets is simple. Budget! Setting a budget of how much money you are comfortable spending on groceries is the first step.
1. Setting a Budget
After your paycheck comes in, make it a point to create a budget for all the essentials i.e. bills, groceries, personal up keep, transport and if there is money left over entertainment or savings.
2. Make a list (and check it twice)
Make a list of all the things in the house that have finished. Once you’ve done that go over that list and whittle it down to necessity versus luxury. And be honest when you are doing this.
3. Research
Gather local supermarket promotional fliers (Hint: Choppies! Great Value for Your Money) and compare prices to see where you can get a better deal on the items left on your list.
Last Step
4. Grocery shopping. Armed with your list and budget you will be able to save in supermarkets guaranteed and successfully avoid that searing glare from the till operators.
Bonus Tip
If the store has their own brand of products, which Choppies does, try opting for those as they will further cut down your costs, saving you even more money!

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