Khama Retains Quad Bike Title

| May 18, 2015

President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama has defended his title in the wildebeest category of the quad bike race during the Khawa dune challenge this weekend.

President Khama won the race for the fourth time by clocking 50km in 49 minutes, beating his opponents, Michael Masisi who clocked 53 minutes and Bashi Busang who came third.

He won P5 000 and a weekend for two in the Wilderness Safaris. The President donated his prize money to the Khawa Development Trust.

The chief executive officer for Botswana Tourism Organisation, Thabo Dithebe said the Khawa dune challenge event, which is the brain child of the President grew tremendously since its inception four years ago.

He said this was evidenced by the high numbers of spectators that attended the event, adding that in the first year, they recorded 1 500 spectators while last year, they recorded 3 500.

Dithebe said even the number of riders had tremendously increased because last year, they had around 45 while this year they registered 75 adding that every year they received new entrants. Furthermore, Dithebe said this year 25 stalls were leased to the public to sell food, beverages and crafts.

He said to generate funds for the trust and ensure that they run the event on their own, BTO in conjunction with the district land board had found a 65 hectare plot for the trust to use for tourism purposes.

He congratulated the Kgalagadi Conservation Society which donated one million pula for the building of a gate to the camp site and for the construction of ablutions. He, however, urged other companies to come on board.

For his part, the area Member of Parliament, Frans Van Der Westhuizen said Batswana should own the Khawa event. He urged villagers to utilise the opportunities that come with the event to better their lives.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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