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Letsholo extols These Hands for innovation

Member of Parliament for Kanye North, Mr Thapelo Letsholo has recently commended the founder of These Hands for stirring up a desire to do business among some youthful residents of Magotlhwane, Lekgolobotlo, Ntlhantlhe and Ranaka.

Speaking at the end of a two-week workshop that brought together 30 young minds under one roof, Mr Letsholo said entrepreneurship was dear to him.

He said the constituency was gifted with people who loved eking out a living through the sweat of their brows and applauded These Hands founder, Mr Thabiso Mashaba for driving innovation and energising young minds to think up practical solutions to everyday community challenges.

Mr Letsholo explained that the coronavirus had awaken the nation from a deep slumber of relying on other nations for almost everything. He said the initiative was also in line with government’s vision and typified innovation in the time of crisis.

Among others, they created a cement mixer, herb mixer, tin crasher and a solar powered backup generator using locally available materials.

He said the solar powered generator could inspire many, especially at farms to tap into the magnificent solar energy the nation was endowed with, and produce food. He shared that government had okayed his motion to allow those who could produce excess solar energy to sell to Botswana Power Corporation.

Mr Letsholo was also happy that the tin crasher could also motivate Batswana to collect cans, crash and sell to the market. This, he said, would kill two birds with one stone: improving livelihoods and helping clean up the environment.

He also encouraged the innovators to make the most of the skills they had acquired to earn livelihoods. He said young people were leaders of today not tomorrow. 

He particularly encouraged the entrepreneurs to patent the innovative ideas and derive maximum benefit from them. 

The MP said he was especially impressed that the young people were working together as a team. 

He said collaboration was the new currency, adding that there was so much they could achieve working together as a group than going solo. 

For his part, Mr Mashaba said his company was assisted by the Finnish government to drive innovation among young people in Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania and Zambia.

He said his organisation challenged young people to come up with innovative solutions to the day-to-day issues they contended with, using locally available resources.

Mr Mashaba said he worked hand in hand with the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) and the University of Massachusetts in the USA in the area of innovation. 

He said he also sourced sponsorship from Letshego, which he used to unlock the grant from the Finish government.

Through the sponsorship, Mr Mashaba said he had so far created innovation centres in D’kar, Dutlwe, Kaputura and Lesoma.

Meanwhile, it also came to the fore that area councillor, Mr  Mothibedi Mothibedi was the one who invited Mr Mashaba to Ranaka after hearing from one BIUST student about him. 

He said he wished someday Ranaka could beam with solar lights like a certain town in Dubai.

Mr Mothibedi further encouraged the innovators to use the skills they had acquired to blaze trails in their communities.

Moshupa Sub-council chairperson, Mr Peter Sethibe said, ‘dreams do come true if you have the courage to pursue them’. 

He encouraged the youth to make it a habit to do something every day that inched them closer to a better tomorrow. ends

Source : BOPA

Author : Topo Monngakgotla

Location : RANAKA

Event : Workshop

Date : Nov 17 Tue,2020

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