Birdlife Botswana last week Thursday launched tourism oriented projects in Letlhakane, Boteti Sub- District by bringing various stakeholders to ensure beneficiaries do not go off track. Although several projects might be undertaken in the area given the villages’ proximity to pans (Makgadikgadi Pans) where birds breed, bird-led projects are the first to be counted on. Birdlife Botswana Director, Dr. Kabelo Senyatso, highlighted during the launch of Gumakutshaa Community Trust, a new Community Based Organization covering three villages of Mmea, Mosu and Mokubilo that after lengthy consultations with communities in the area they, helped them discover the fruitful resources within their locality.
Among those facilitating the event was the Local Enterprise Authority (LEA), an institution
established by Act of Parliament in 2004 with the main focus on citizen empowerment through implementation of policies for promotion and development of Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs). “Every entrepreneur needs to identify a sound opportunity. To identify opportunities, one needs to among others; collect information on resource base, collect information on opportunity identification exercises like brain storming. Read news papers and make observations as you travel and attend events,” explained Onalenna Mmatli, LEA Business Advisor based in Serowe.
He advised participants to create vision, determine what they are good at and what they would like to do.