Maun Youth Decry High Rentals

Maun – Young entreprenuers in Maun have cited lack of industrial plots and high office rentals as a setback to their businesses.

They said this when a Presidential Task Team led by Mr Peter Siele toured government funded projects recently.

A youth entrepreneur, Ms Dikhutsafalo Keesi of Laureate lock-smith company said high rentals were compromising her business as rentals increased annually.

Ms Keesi said she applied for a plot in 2007 but nothing was coming forth.

Another youth, Ms Odireleng Thaba of Funaria candle making business decried that the P2 000 rent she was paying was too high.

Ms Thaba, however, said her business was doing well although she had the challenge of buying candle wax as far as Gaborone.

However, the Maun Sub-land Board deputy secretary, Mr Gotlhe Dikaelo, said Maun currently had no industrial plots.

Mr Dikaelo said the land board was negotiating with some people who owned ploughing fields in Maun to repossess them for allocations, adding that the land board would set aside plots for youth if successful.

For his part, Mr Siele said the special assignment followed the realisation by government that there was slow implementation of programmes and initiatives such as Poverty Eradication, Youth Development Programme and Economic Diversification Programmess meant to improve Batswana lives.

Mr Siele said the purpose was to establish challenges and make recommendations.

The task team visited various projects around Maun, Komana and Makalamabedi in the Maun Administration Authority.

Other members of the team were Messrs Gaothaetse Matlhabaphiri, Newman Kahiya and Gabolekwe Tlogelang.

SOURCE: Daily News