Francistown Mayor, Sylvia Muzila says the revamped Shell Filling Station along Marang road will create employment opportunities for the youth in the second city.
Officially opening the store on Friday, Muzila applauded Vivo Energy Botswana for this new development which brings benefits to the community as well as valuable employment opportunities to the youth in the second city.
Muzila noted that as Francistown leadership, they are grateful when investors start operating their businesses in the city because such initiatives boost the economy which is on its knees since the closure of Tati Nickel mine two years ago.
“I have been reliably informed that the revamped store has already employed 20 youth which is a step in the right direction. Job opportunities are very scares nowadays, therefore we have to appreciate every company that open business in our city,” Muzila revealed.
Vivo Energy, Supply and Distribution Manager, Oscar Isaacs said the revamped filling station called ‘Welcome’ is part of the company’s expansion plan to offer more service and value to their service stations in order to meet their customers’ needs. Isaacs added that, “Welcome is our own warm modern convenience retail shop brand aimed to offer convenience, variety and optimum satisfaction to our customers.”
“Our objective is to bring the Shell brand closer to the people of Botswana by responding to the ever customer changing needs through providing them with high quality fuels, lubricants, shops and other convenience retail products like quick service restaurants,” Isaacs averred.
According to him, part of the objective also involves bringing new and exciting shop formats in the convenience retail space that provide customers with options and provide them with more offerings and experiences.
Vivo Energy operates and markets its products in countries across Southern Africa. The group has a network of over 1, 800 service stations in 15 countries and exports lubricants to a number of African countries. Its retail offering includes fuels, lubricants, card services and shops among others. The company employs around 2, 350 people and has access to approximately 900, 000 cubic meters of fuel storage capacity.