North West hosts Botswana roundtable dialogue, 21 to 22 Sept

Botswana roundtable dialogue puts villages’ development initiatives under spotlight

Bokone Bophirima Province will this week host a delegation from the Republic of Botswana, for a roundtable discussion on business initiatives in Tshidilamolomo village, which shares the borderline with some of the Botswana villages.

The two-day roundtable discussions which will put village development plans under spotlight will be held on Wednesday 21st to Thursday 22nd September 2016.

The dialogue will provide an opportunity for Tshidilamolomo residents and those from affected villages in Bokone Bophirima – Botswana borderlines to suggest ideas of businesses that could contribute towards the improvement of their economies and create local employment.

This initiative follows the launch of Tshidilamolomo border crossing pilot project in December last year by the Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, which was aimed at strengthening the neighbourly relationship with the Republic of Botswana.

While business discussions will center on amongst others, agriculture, culture and tourism as key economic development pillars identified by the provincial government, emphasis will be on realising the Rebranding, Repositioning, and Renewal (RRR) strategy, with special focus on villages that are economically active.

The delegation from Botswana will be led by the South African High Commissioner in Botswana, who will be accompanied by amongst others the traditional leadership and Chairpersons of Botswana’s Eastern and Southern District Councils respectively.

Premier Supra Mahumapelo of Bokone Bophirima who will also be joined by the local traditional leadership, Local Mayor and MECs, will deliver a keynote address.

Details of the roundtable dialogue which will be held over a period of two (2) days are as follows:

Day 1

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Activity 1: Project Tour – Dalyspan 60kms out of Tshidilamolomo, Semelelang Bakery, Together Enterprise Restaurant, Chicory Processing and Boiteko Cooperative

Time: 07h30

Activity 2: Discussions on business ideas and break-away sessions

Time: 10h00

Venue: Tshidilamolomo Traditional Council

Activity 3: Gala Dinner and signing ceremony

Time: 19h00

Venue: Mmabatho Convention Centre

Day 2

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Activity: Business-Business Golf Session

Time: 09h00

Venue: Leopard Park Golf Estate

Source: Government of South Africa