Botswana partnership for JS

Botswana partnership for JS

JS International has partnered with Botho University in Botswana to provide students with textbooks and e-textbooks.

JS International, an arm of the JS Group which runs John Smiths Bookshops, will establish student stores at the university's Gaborone and Francistown campuses and a Botho University online store which will sell e-textbooks, university merchandise and other resources.

As part of the agreement JS International will set up individual book allowance accounts for students and ensure a comprehensive supply of textbooks at the best prices in the market, the company said.

Ananth Ram, pro-vice chancellor of Botho University, said: “Botho University is a fast growing institution determined to deliver the best services to our students. We are delighted to have selected JS International as our partner as they are not only the market leader in Botswana but one of the global leaders in using technology to improve the supply of textbooks to students. We look forward to working together to ensure students have the tools they need to succeed.”

Andy Free, managing director of JS International, added: “It’s great to see the progress Botho University and its students have been making and it is even better to be part of their future success. We very much look forward to working with the University to provide the most comprehensive and cost effective support for students’ study and success.”

Reporting its latest financial results in March, the company revealed that revenues at JS International has declined by 18.9% in 2013-14, reflecting both its decision to withdraw from Ghana early last year and the impact of currency movements. 

However, the established JS International business in Botswana saw revenue growth of 9.4% before currency movements and revenues in JS International were 4% ahead of prior year in the four months to January 2015.

At the time, Gray said: “We have good growth in (Botswana)…and we see opportunities to expand in Africa.”

Overall, the JS Group saw revenues for the year decline by 1.3% at constant currencies year-on-year to £39.6m. Operating profit before exceptional items, however, was £268,000, an increase of 10% on prior year.