Lucara Botswana Managing Director, Naseem Lahri says the company is will construct a state-of-the-art stadium worth an estimated P35 million for Letlhakane village.
Lahri was speaking to The Monitor Sport during the recent stadium groundbreaking ceremony. She said construction of Letlhakane Sports Complex will cost an estimated P35 million. Construction is set to start around April.
Lahri also shared that the project is expected to create significant employment opportunities for the village. When giving the keynote address during the groundbreaking ceremony, the Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development (MYSC), Tumiso Rakgare applauded Lucara Botswana for having found it fitting to partner with the Boteti Sub-District to develop a sports facility as part of their Corporate Social Investment (CSI).
Minister Rakgare said that the project would also come with a community centre with a multipurpose hall big enough to hold conferences. He said it would comprise a sports complex with a running track, tennis courts, volleyball courts and an outdoor gym. The initiative would not only change the landscape of Boteti but also that of Botswana sports infrastructure in general, he said.
Rakgare further said that the facility would enhance the potential for hosting of major national and regional events.
“It will add to Botswana’s competitiveness for hosting major events such as Botswana games, National School sports competitions and the premier league matches.”
According to the minister, hosting of such events would positively impact the local economy. He also said that the project is expected to facilitate talent spotting and the nurturing of youngsters in the Boteti region. He expressed his gratitude to Lucara Botswana assisting the government in implementing the National Sport and Recreation policy.
Rakgare revealed that the project would bring to four the number of facilities the private sector has invested in, while the government has invested in eight sports facilities. He urged other corporate entities to invest in similar facilities in communities within which they operate. He advised both Lucara Botswana and the Boteti community to develop a management structure for the facility with a clear management plan. The minister further said that lessons from their existing stadia are that maintenance is a critical component of managing the facilities, hence the need to use them with due care.
“We must as a matter of urgency emulate other countries who are trendsetters in practising good governance in sports.
We must account for every thebe we receive and stop corruption. We must clean up our sports and this would give the public, government and corporate sponsors confidence in Botswana sports,” he concluded.