North West District council has secured land in Maun, where it will build a modern day horse track, council chairperson, Duncan Enga has revealed.
Speaking at Bana ba letsatsi centre in Maun, where Mascom, the main sponsor of the annual Maun horse race, was giving out a donation on good Friday, Enga revealed that, preparations to construct the arena is at an advanced stage.
According to Enga, the land has been secured at Matapana ward, and soon the council will rope in experts in horse race tracks for planning purposes: “The funds are available and we will soon be working on building the track.”
Despite Enga’s promise, the land at Matapana is said to be a double allocation.
However his response is that the the double allocation issue is being taken care of.
“Tawana landboard will either compensate the first allocatee or find an alternative plot to allocate to the track, but it is nothing that can delay our plans. The track is at the top of our agenda as the council.”
Since 2016, the council has been planning to build the track, a development they believe will boost tourism and Maun economy.
According to Enga, the council wish is for the Mascom derby to become a permanent feature in Maun calendar of events hence the council is focussed on making it more interesting and safer.
“People come from all over the country and neighbouring countries to enjoy and take part in this race. They book accommodation, they buy from small businesses, they fuel their vehicles and they bring a lot of business to our communities,” Enga noted
Initially the Ministry of Youth empowerment, Sports, and Culture Development had wanted to build the track in Palapye, but following a political debate over the matter, the government took a decision to build the first track in Maun, which was already hosting the annual horse race since 2013, at the support of Mascom, a wireless mobile phone company.