Xaixai — President Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama yesterday assured residents of Xaixai in the Ngamiland District that ongoing projects in the area will continue beyond his tenure. He leaves office end of March this year.
He assured them about the continued efforts by government in spearheading tourism projects at Gcwihaba Caves to enhance and grow tourism in the area.
Gcwihaba Caves were in 2006 declared national monument because of their unique geological beauty containing stalagmites and stalactites that also support unusually large colonies of four resident bat species.
President Khama was responding to comments from Kgosi Nxuka Xishee who expressed fear that development projects spearheaded by him would cease as he leaves office.
Other projects that he said would continue include the annual cultural festival and sport tournament in the area.
He told residents that Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Mr Thapelo Olopeng had appointed him as patron for arts, culture and sports hence the need to ensure continuity in the said activities.
President Khama further said he came a long way with the said projects adding that recently he came with Vice President, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi, to Gcwihaba to appreciate the caves because government was committed to tourism development.
"As I leave the office, I am not abandoning you as I will always visit you to appreciate tourism project progress at the caves and ensure the festival and sport tournament take place," he stressed.
He also noted that the Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, Mr Tshekedi Khama would soon visit the area to meet with the Xai Xai Tlhabologo Community Trust to discuss progress at the caves.
President Khama also donated food hampers to the elderly and gifts to children.
Earlier on, Kgosi Xishee appreciated what he termed good working relationship with the President noting that he made their village visible through his "good leadership".
She said he introduced many projects which benefited residents noting that currently their lives had improved.
For his part, area MP, Mr Thato Kwerepe thanked President Khama for displaying good leadership during his tenure.
He said he had done a lot for Batswana saying in Xaixai residents would always remember him for his efforts in promoting culture, tourism and sports.
He also mentioned that he had restored dignity among the community members by constructing modern houses for them and also ensured that residents lived off their rich culture.
Mr Kwerepe urged the residents to hold to what the President had started and ensure their culture and tourism activities flourished.
Source : BOPA