28th March 2018 -Retention Range (PTY) Ltd launches Botswana’s locally produced Desktop Computer. With the increase in costs associated with ICT, Rentention Range has taken an initiative to produce a range of affordable Desktop Computers for the people and businesses across all sectors of the economy. Their Brand, RETENTION, brings to the nation RETENTION CLASSIC for home and office, RETENTION EDU tailored for students from Pre Schools to tertiary and RETENTION LEGACY for Office and home use.

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Rention Range is a 100% citizen owned company based in Gaborone, Botswana. The company advocates for a measure of retention in the money that cutomers spend on ICT. This necessary retention range in software purchases and computer hardware can only be achieved through Software Freedom presented by Open Source Solutions.

This is captured well in ther Mission statement:-
To enrich enterprises by exposing them to the freedoms of Open Source

RETENTION Desktops brings new and more affordable Open Source alternatives to the existing computers in the SADC, and other African markets

The products being launched today are:

  • Retention CLASSIC – Open source operating system desktop running Linux Mint for home and office use.
  • Retention EDU – Open source operating system desktop running Edubuntu for schools and students at home. They come with customized educational packages for pre-school, primary, secondary and tertiary students.
  • Retention LEGACY – Proprietary operating system desktop running Microsoft Windows for home and office use.

"Thousands of jobs will come from shifting towards using softwares that give our highly qualified ICT graduates access to the source code. This way funds that are being exported on proprietary licenses will now be channelled towards the development of the local software industry. Open Source licenses grant access to the source code." said Selefo Sabone, the Managing Director of Retention Range.

Retention Computer Store is located in Unit 112, Plot 20743 Pharathe Road, Block 3 Industrial, Gaborone. They can be reached by email at or by telephone/fax at +267 3111 991. Operating hours are from 08:00 – 17:00hrs during week days, and 09:00 – 14:00hrs on Saturdays.

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