* Mosisedi farmers to donate 7 tonnes of watermelons
Visiting teams in the coming second African Youth Games slated for Gaborone next week Thursday are in for a seasonal feast.
Mosisedi Farmers, a cluster of 18 farmers have pledged to donate 7 tonnes of watermelons from their season’s produce.
Speaking at an event held at Lansmore where they also donated P20 000, the association’s Chairman Quett Rabai said they were responding to the appeal made by the then Minister of Youth Sports and Culture Shaw Kgathi.
“Kgathi went on a country tour asking citizens to help with whatever they can. We promised him then that as soon as our produce was ready for harvest we would help the local organizing committee,” said Rabai.
Rabai said they were also inspired by young members of the association who urged them lend a helping hand to the youth games.
Accepting the gesture on behalf of BAYGOC, the acting Minister of Youth Sport and Culture Vincent Seretse said the donation by Mosisedi Farmers was testimony that all sectors of the economy have a role to play; and can contribute to the development of young people in the country.
“It is letlhafula season in Botswana and in our culture we share farm produce with visitors to our households at this time,” said Seretse.
Seretse said sharing the harvest will give visitors exposure to the local culture.
Meanwhile BAYGOC Chief Executive Officer Tuelo Serufho said they are ready to host the 52 nations who have confirmed their participation in the games.
“I’m very comfortable with the level of our preparedness. If the games were to start this weekend we’d be ready,” said Serufho.
The BAYGOC boss said accommodation has been secured at the University of Botswana and new geysers have been fitted.
He further said of all the 17 facilities to be used during the games only three are yet to be completed.
“I can assure you that everything will be done by the end of this weekend. We only need to tint windows at the Otse indoor facility, fit a timer at the University swimming pool and build a ramp at Gaborone dam,” he said.
He said they are not leaving anything to chance as this is the biggest continental event.
“It is even bigger than the All Africa Games,” he said.
Serufho further said they have secured transport for all the participating nations.
“We have seventeen 65 sitter buses which will be operating on the two designated routes. There will be a bus leaving or going to a competition venue every 30 minutes and another going to shopping centers on an hourly basis,” he said.
Besides the 65 sitters Serufho said they have secured twenty-eight 25 sitters and twelve 14 sitter buses. He said all participating teams would be provided with a 25 sitter bus.
“We also have 101 sedans and we intend to provide every team sport with their own sedan they would use to run errands,” Serufho told Voice Sport.
The second Africa Youth Games gets under way on Thursday with an opening ceremony at the National Stadium.