The local retail trailblazer Choppies has opened another store in Gabane on Friday, increasing the total number of stores to 79 in Botswana alone. Choppies CEO Ramachandran Ottapathu was there to celebrate yet another milestone in their blooming business. The store is the second one to be opened in Gabane. This one was opened just within the heart of the village which is conveniently located for most people. As is their norm Choppies gave back to the community by donating five wheelchairs to the Gabane House of Hope, an organisation that looks after old people and those living with a disability.
The chairperson of the organisation Joyce Setlhabi appreciated Choppies’ assistance. “We needed wheelchairs. Even though we have nine people that need them most, five is quite a very good number that will help a lot,” she said. The organisation was founded by Rosinah Pule who is the mother to Chief Seeletso Pule of Gabane. She also appreciated this good gesture from Choppies. The store has employed 70 young people from Gabane and Mogoditshane villages. Store Manager Mmolotsi Batsimako said just like in all the Choppies stores around the country, they also have an employee living with a disability.
In Gabane they have employed 28-year-old Michael Uyapo who is deaf and dumb. Uyapo expressed his excitement at being part of the team because it is not every day that they will find jobs in their situation. Batsimako said that Gabane needed another Choppies that was in the hub of the village because the other one is used mostly by people in the neighbouring villages and those on transit.