Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

13 November 2008

Botswana: Youths in Kickstart Training

The Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Eric Molale has urged private companies to emulate Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KBL) and Botswana Breweries Limited (BBL) by introducing corporate social responsibility programmes that are sustainable and add value to the economic development of the country."

More companies should be doing this because collectively we will have an impact," Molale said at the launch of Kickstart, a youth training programme of the Kgalagadi Beverages Trust, on Tuesday.

Molale encouraged the 13 Kickstart aspirants on the training programme that will take two weeks to identify and break barriers that hinder them from succeeding. They should be confident, self-reliant, work hard while accommodating societal dynamics and their businesses value propositions.

"You must have confidence in what you are doing because as they say, confidence is the companion of success," Molale said.

"Building a nation is not a preclude of a certain group but the responsibility of all of us. Collectively you will be the people carrying Botswana to lofty heights."

Under the auspices of the Kgalagadi Beverages Trust, KBL and BBL have been assisting youth with entrepreneurial funding for the past five years.

Group Managing Director of the breweries, Hloni Matsela, said notwithstanding Government's initiatives of empowering the youth, they appreciate that Government alone cannot fully achieve success without the help of the private sector.

He said the Kickstart initiative is a demonstration of selflessness and an indication of an industry that has responsibility to the communities within which they operate."Our quest is to help cultivate the next generation of business leaders who can take this country to the next level of growth," Matsela said.

"We have already produced some of the best entrepreneurs for the past four years and we hope this batch will do even better."

It has already been proven that any business venture that does not have sufficient and prudent management does not last long, he said, and it is on the basis of this that they find training of young entrepreneurs significant.

This year is the last lap of the Kickstart trial project and KBL and BBL have already invested P5 million in the project.

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