- Launch the joint community project in Bokspits
To promote entrepreneurship and Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) in Botswana, Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) -a parastatal under the Ministry of Investment Trade and Industry on Friday (12th November 2021) donated specialised equipment to the BORAVAST Trust in Bokspits.
As part their mandate LEA identify community projects that have potential to scale up, increase production, create employment and diversify the local economy to drive business growth and sustainability. To this end, LEA has partnered with the BORAVAST Trust -a community project that harvests and processes an invasive tree species popularly known as Sexanana (Prosopis Mesquite), into various products such as livestock feeds and charcoal. The project is based at Bokspits but is a collective initiative that benefits three other villages namely: Rappelspan, Vaalhoek and Struizendam.
LEA has procured specialized equipment necessary to advance the BORAVAST project to the next level as requested by the Trust. The equipment includes two trailers, heavy duty fodder processors, four chain saws, trailer mounted log cutter, 2 tonne delivery cargo trailer and office furniture. LEA will also extend their involvement to business interventions such as business management training, mentoring, coaching and others that will enable the project to operate profitably and remain sustainable.
The launch of the BORAVAST project in Bokspits, on Friday, was attended by Assistant Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry Molebatsi Molebatsi- who performed the official handover, Chief Executive Officer of LEA Dr Racious Moatshe, Kgosi Charles Hendricks of Bokspits, Kgosi Isaac Titus of Struizendam, MP for Kgalagadi South Sam Brooks, District Commissioner Kgalagadi District Bigboy Mangwa, Council Secretary-Kgalagadi District Council Mpho Mathe, and Vice Chairperson of BORAVAST Trust Board Gideon Martin.