The country’s leading electronic ticketing system service provider, Webtickets, has a series of new products and services to launch this year. The company was established in 2008 but started operating in 2011. The directors of the company are Cowell Habana and Moratiwa Habana. Webtickets provides the Botswana market with an online ticketing solution. In Botswana most tickets are sold the traditional way, and Cowell Habana said that is why they identified the gap in the market. “Traditional booklets tickets are costly as they need many individuals to sell the tickets, and some potential customers cannot reach the ticket sale points,” he said.
He said furthermore the traditional tickets do not have advanced security features as compared to the online tickets. He said that they have already made inroads in the local market. He said Webtickets South Africa provides them with the backup support for running the ticketing hardware and database. Their current sales points are Webtickets kiosk at Riverwalk, Spar Shops, Maitisong, website and Press24 at Molapo Piazza. Mmane Malale of Flight Connect – a Johannesburg and Gaborone bus service to OR Tambo airport – said that they are happy because now their clients can book wherever they are if they want to use a bus from Johannesburg to Gaborone or vice versa if they do not want to use a flight.
Debbie of the Hamptons Jazz Festival said they have been fortunate to have been using the services because so far they know how many tickets they have sold and the people can get them anywhere in the country. Cowell encouraged locals to make sure that they support each other’s shows. He encouraged them to help in the quest by Kast called ‘Tlatsa Lebala’ and they all vowed to make that happen because that will definitely be all about Botswana arts and nothing else. Cowell said that with them already working with about 90% of local promoters they want to bring in more innovative ideas. “We will also be introducing the SMS system this year,” he said.