Botswana: Chukumuchu Brick Moulding Project Profitable

Chukumuchu — A three-year-old Chukumuchu brick moulding project is proving to be highly profitable making approximately P60 000 since the beginning of this year.

Chukumuchu VDC chairperson, Mr Kayambo Lekgoa revealed during a recent tour by Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Sethabelo Modukanele that the project, started in 2018, was raking in revenue.

With the first production of 5 040 bricks in 2018, P11 480 was realised while the following year, it made a P27 760 profit.

In 2020, production of 1 744 bricks earned the VDC a P44 298 profit while this year, the 5 732 bricks produced brought in P57 048, he said.

However, Mr Lekgoa said the project was funded under the Rural Area Development Programme (RADP) to the tune of P24 960.

He said although it was successful, it faced a serious challenge of water shortage.

Mr Lekgoa therefore appealed for rehabilitation of an old water affairs department borehole so that it could be used to supply the project.

On other issues, he complained about shortage of classrooms at Chukumuchu Primary School as a result of increased enrollment.

He also requested Internet connection at the school, a satellite police station and electricity connection for the clinic.

Commenting, Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Modukanele commended the VDC for the thriving brick moulding project despite water shortage challenges.

He explained that initiatives such as RADP were meant to improve people's quality of life in remote areas such as Chukumuchu.

Mr Modukanele told his audience of the ministry's plans to connect over 200 dikgotla with WiFi.

However, he noted that some planned projects and programmes had to be deffered because of the negative impact of COVID-19 on the economy.

For his part, Qangwa councillor Mr Lelejwang Sokwe described the brick moulding project as a big investment which could change lives of Chukumuchu people for the better.

He therefore encouraged Chukumuchu VDC to consider a hike in prices because some materials were sourced from far-flung places such as Shakawe.

Source : BOPA

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