Mmegi Online :: KFC's expansion to create 100 new jobs
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KFC's expansion to create 100 new jobs

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) CEO for Africa, Wynand Pretorious has announced that KFC Botswana has new owners and is ready to expand its base in Botswana.
By Staff Writer Mon 10 Dec 2018, 07:26 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: KFC's expansion to create 100 new jobs








Private equity fund management company, VPB now owns the fast food outlet. Pretorius told Mmegi Business in an interview that it was important for KFC Botswana to inform clients of the acquisition by VPB, which took effect in November 2011, and the plan to increase outlets across the country.In addition to the currently employed 250 Batswana in its nine outlets countrywide, KFC's expansion plan will create close to 100 job opportunities.

Pretorious said the expansion would also include initiating a number of corporate social responsibility activities. He said the company currently provides food vouchers to Childline Botswana on a monthly basis and also supports the Bill and Melinda Gates Home for AIDS."At the moment we have a group of teenagers affected and infected by HIV/AIDS that we are taking care of by providing food vouchers," said Pretorius. He further said KFC is an established international brand, noting that the expansion will give its competitors a run for their money.KFC marketing manager, Annemarie Theron, speaking at a media briefing on Friday, said KFC Botswana has embarked on a five-year expansion plan that will see

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the company broadening its operations at both commercial and community level. Theron said the Botswana market has grown over the last 20 years with a big demand for their products, stressing that it is an opportunity for KFC to play a bigger role in the community, both financially and socially.

She said in addition to increasing their outlets, they plan to start sourcing their ingredients from local farmers to empower them. She however, noted that such procurement is a bit costly. "We are where we are today because of the support of our community. It is only fitting that we should support the community by investing in sustainable development," elaborates Theron.KFC will also increase its community involvement by donating soccer and netball kits to primary schools in the country and also launch a charity campaign aimed at feeding children later in the year. VPB is the first dedicated professional private equity fund manager in Botswana. Founded in 2002, VPB is the largest and leading private equity fund manager in Botswana with a firm and disciplined approach to private equity investing.

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