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Minister advocates for partnership.

Member of Parliament for Tonota, Mr Thapelo Olopeng, says partnership between government and the business community will help improve lives.

Mr Olopeng said this during a recent event where B and K Harware handed over of a house to Ms Kelebogile Mathaba of Tonota.

He said businesses should not wait to make fortunes before deciding to give back to the community, adding that there was always a gap that needed to be filled in every community.

Mr Olopeng, also Minister of Youth Development, Sport and Culture Development, applauded B and K Hardware for its contribution to the community, adding that the hardware also contributed roofing materials for the recent #4kings project.

Ms Mathaba was the seventh recipient of a house donated by the B and K group across Botswana since it started operating in 2001.

Giving an overview of the project, B and K general manager, Mr Mbuso Timothy, said the company spent P100 000 on the project as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR).

He confirmed that B and K also built a kgotla structure in Tutume, sponsored a number of football tournaments and prize giving ceremonies..

'This is our way of giving back to the community and we would like to assure Batswana that this is not the last house we have built,' he added.

Meanwhile, Mr Olopeng also revealed that he would launch a new programme in partnership with the business community dubbed 'the basics', which will concentrate on building toilets and connecting water for families that do not have them in their homes.

He added that the new initiative will spend a maximum of P5 000 per house hold.

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Publication:Botswana Daily News (Gaborone, Botswana)
Date:Oct 9, 2018
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