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    In pursuit to promotes sports, tourism, healthy lifestyle and supporting the charitable causes, on Friday the 29th July Maluti a Phofung Team known as Bahahlaudi ba Maluti were amongst the participants who walked away with gold medals in this year’s Botswana Desert Bush Walk-winter 2018. The event was organised by Botswana’s Local Organising Committee and the CSI-Concepts Foundation with the main objectives to raise funds and support community projects, non-governmental organizations, community based organizations, children and private sector to be involved in fund raising initiatives under their corporate social responsibility for charity.

    The charity walks had drawn the interests of over 2,700 participants across the SADAC region such as South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho and Zimbabwe, as well as other overseas countries such as Germany and Australia also joined on Saturday morning. The walk started from the bush trail of Gaborone to the Desert and then end back to Jwaneng New Community Hall in the south-central of the capital city. Upon the arrival we spoke with MAP Team spokesperson Ishmael Kolobe who couldn’t hold his thoughts about the wonderful experience of Botswana land as he expressed with excitement “E bile leeto le atlehileng haholo hobane ha reya hapa metale tsa kgauta feela, re unne tse ntle tse molemo tseo retlong ho leka hodi kenya tshebetsong molemong wa hoka etsetsa masepala wa rona tjhelete leho hwehela bahahlaudi dinaheng tse ding ho etela masepala wa se le hae.” He also said the walk was a resounding success for MAP because they came with a gold medal.

    It is amazing that since they have been travelling the African continent for the past four years, they have not as yet secured any funding to continue delivering their main objective that is to support sustainable educational projects and for the disadvantaged children as much as Botswana did; but he is positive that coming with gold will open more doors for them to get the much needed sponsorship as they represent the municipality in their participation in those activities aiming to raise much needed funds.

    According to the organizers, the Desert Bush walk will continue to gain popularity as it will promote and brands Jwaneng (Botswana) and its environs as a tourism destination for both local and international tourists, under a Cultural and Sports Tourism Portfolio. Event organiser Archibald Ngakayagae describes how the walks has grown economic diversification strategy for the Tourism sector in Botswana with the theme for this year ‘Sports & Tourism – giving back to Health & Education. He stated that “None of this would have been possible without a collective vision and dedication towards the upliftment of communities from concept to reality.” He also said they are still working on getting more sponsors and trying to address the issue of shortage of accommodation in area of Jwaneng.

    Through this walk, last year Botswana managed to raise over P235 000 where close to 13 schools inclusive of primary and pre-schools in the Botswana areas benefitted by received teaching aids, computers as well as money for sport development and the completion of classrooms. Applause to the MAP Team that participated and for more information and to those who are interested must contact Mr Kolobe.

    By: Malakwane Masilo