OKMCT Strives For Diversification

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After 25 years of existence, Okavango Kopano Mokoro Community Trust (OKMCT) has used its silver jubilee celebrations over the weekend to share a roadmap entailing diversifying operations to grow sustainable income streams.

The trust which operates in five villages of Boro, Xharaxao, Xuoxao, Daunara and Xaxaba celebrated some of its achievements over the past 25 years which included borehole drilling and water reticulation in all the villages, construction of pre-schools and play grounds, old age housing project, community trainings in tourism related field, funeral financial assistance for their communities, disaster management funding and youth development funds among others.

The trust was also able to acquire a plot in 2016 in Boronyane which currently houses its newly built offices. OKMCT has been applauded that though it was not an easy journey of 25 years the trust was however able to forge ahead from its humble beginnings in 1997.

Going forward, OKMCT general manager Seikaneng Moepedi has revealed that the board and management of the trust have plans in place to expand the organisation’s revenue base with an aim to improve the livelihoods of its people.

The trust has also acquired another plot which is earmarked for a mini shopping mall that will comprise of a filling station, a star gazing block, a supermarket and rental offices. The manager revealed that their plan is to commence construction of the center in no distant future.     

Furthermore, Moepedi revealed that plans are also afoot for the trust to venture into farming indicating that they have a farm in Xuoxao which will be fully utilised for vegetable production and other fresh farm produce. “Our communities will be engaged even more and thus enabling them to independently fend for their families,” he noted.

In addition, Moepedi revealed that they also intend to increase their P600 000 youth development grants so that it benefits and empower a larger number of their youth community.

As they have been granted a new 15 year lasting head lease for concession NG32 by Tawana Land Board last month, Moepedi said time has also come for them to relook into deals they have with tourism operators they are doing business with. “We will have to relook into the prices that we agreed on, if it means increasing lease rentals we will have to do that,” he said.

As part of their diversification plans the trust on Saturday launched a new initiative dubbed ‘Tapyowa NG32 Experience,’ in Xaxaba targeting tourists eager to experience the Okavango Delta using mokoro. The initiative is characterised by activities such as mokoro relay race, storytelling, cultural activities and games such as tag of war in the water.

Initiative coordinator, Kgosi Edwin Maleho of Tsutsubega explained that the initiative is part of their marketing strategy to expand tourism product offering in NG32 to enhance economic activities and transform the image of villages affiliated to the trust.

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