Villagers of Mogonye, which is situated 40 kilometres South West of Gaborone near Ramotswa recently witnessed a ground breaking ceremony that is meant to change their lives for the bettter.
Minister of Environment Wildlife and Tourism, Kitso Mokaila led the ceremony with area MP, Mokgweetsi Masisi to kickstart Mogonye Mmamotshwane Trust facility project.
The project will start with a guest house and ablutions to be used by visitors who will be required to pay to see the beauty of the Mogonye gorge.
The gorge which is a marvel with natural stream meandering around rocks forming several pools of water along the path, is situated just on the out skirts of Mogonye village.
Speaking before making the first dig, Mokaila said the government was committed to helping Batswana rescue themselves from poverty.
“We believe Batswana can rescue themselves from poverty using natural resourses as they are are renewable unlike diamonds which would be finished one day. We are teaching the villagers to care of the resources knowing that these can be a livelihood for them and their children,’’ he said adding that Community Based Resource Management(CBRM) could take tourism far.
Chairman of Mogonye Mmamotshwane Trust said judging from the strides they had taken it was evident that with support they could get far and compete well with others in the same business.
“We intend to beat others who already exist because Mogonye is near Gaborone. What we have started is something that can help us generate money for the benefit of the village. We will market the place so people don’t just pass. They must come and see our beauty,’’ he said.
Meanwhile Masisi applaude a village elder, Mma-Thobega who he said identified Mmamotshwane when museum representatives were asking about resources in the area.
He also encoraged investors to consider investing in the project and the village to welcome them so it can benefit.
“That’s how other countries have developed, he said.