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Olopeng convinces Cabinet on youth exemptions


The Minister of Youth Sports and Culture, Thapelo Olopeng has convinced Cabinet to approve a number of exemptions for youth businesses.


Some of the proposals came through the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Youth Wing while others were raised by different youth during the minister’s regular consultations with them around the country.


Among the exemptions, youth businesses will buy tender documents at a 50% discount, as well as do PPADB registration at 50%, they will also be given a 5 year grace period without paying lease fees for commercial plots and farms.

Furthermore, the youth will be allowed to identify open spaces they could utilise to set up temporary stalls for selling their products, the spaces will be free of charge. Thirty percent of open spaces in towns and cities will also be reserved for permanent use by youth businesses.


Minister Olopeng this week put up on his official Facebook page that the exemptions were approved, further adding, “Watch this space guys. I'm still negotiating for more.”


The further engaged with youth who commented on the post, regarding the process. “We are in the process of communicating this. Just a little patience, we will inform you of the day when they will be effective,” he stated.


BDP Youth Wing chairman, Andy Boatile has said his committee was happy that the Minister has taken heed of the proposals and taken them further as to have them approved. “We intend to submit more proposals to the Minister in future,” he said.


The government has received heavy criticism for its failure to invest in youth reforms in the past. Botswana has the largest youth unemployment statistics for a middle class income.

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