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Samuel Mpuchane: Diplomat turned businessman part II
After a fruitful two-decade strong career, Samuel Mpuchane left the public service and went on to become one of the country's most successful citizen entrepreneurs, writes Kibo Ngowi

The year after Mpuchane retired he stepped into the role of Executive Director, overseeing Builders World operations. At that time, the first branch of Builders World in Gaborone, was operational and Trade World was under construction. Mpuchane is part owner of the company that owns the property which Builders World and Trade World rent. He explained that each branch is separately incorporated to allow the person running it to be a shareholder "in order to create a sense of ownership".

The business has grown from two stores in 1989 to a network of stores across the nation. It is one of the largest such businesses wholly owned by Batswana and though Mpuchane would not confirm the exact figure, the Group generates an estimated turnover of over P1 billion.

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