Destiny Car Rentals breaks new ground
Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) celebrated yet another success story in Francistown through the graduation of Destiny Car Rentals.
The first wholly citizen owned car rental company in Botswana, went under LEA’s arm in 2007 who then took them through a journey of entrepreneurship.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony on Tuesday, LEA Deputy Chief Executive Officer Masego Gwaila-Madanika said they were happy to see one of their projects graduating and ready to compete with the big players in the industry.
“This should encourage other small and medium enterprises to use LEA’s services,” said Madanika.
She said they offered the car rental interventions such as finance, human resource mentoring and even facilitated for the business to take part in different trade fairs.
“All these were meant to help the business grow,” she said.
Madanika further said with the company currently operating in Gaborone, Francistown and Maun, with five offices altogether it was time to let the company soar into the sky.
“This success story is not just about LEA. It is about the business owners’ commitment and hard work. They did not let the challenges they came across deter them,” said Madanika.
The deputy CEO underscored the importance of the attitude of business owners towards their businesses.
“LEA can come up with all the interventions but without commitment the business will not succeed,” she said.
For his part the founder and Director of Destiny Car Rentals Carlos Imwikon Sebina said he is thankful to LEA for the support for the past eight years.
“When we started we only had two groups of cars, today we have eight,” he said.
The excited Sebina said LEA nurtured them through training in business planning and staff training.
“Through LEA we were able to come up with a bankable business plan and that is how we managed to get funding from CEDA,” he said.
“We are a success story of government interventions,” said Sebina.
Destiny Car Rental offers chauffeur and self drive services from a variety of fleet including top of the range Range Rovers, Mercedes Benz among others.
They have two office in Gaborone at Motor Centre and Sir Seretse Khama International Airport.
They also have two offices in Francistown and one at Village Mall in Maun.
“Our next step is to expand our business beyond this borders,” said Sebina.