Botswana: Zutshwa Salt Project in Expansion Process

Zutshwa — Zutshwa Salt project, operated by the Qhaa Qhing Conservation Trust, is in the process of expansion which would result in production increasing threefold and possible export of salt.

This was explained by the manager of Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) in Hukuntsi, Mr Golebaone Molefe, during a tour of the project by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi on Thursday.

Dr Masisi, who was in Zutshwa to launch the National Mindset Change campaign, encouraged management of Zutshwa Salt to develop strategies that would grow their business and make it sustainable.

However, Mr Molefe said the project was currently not sustainable.

“The current 44 ponds are not producing enough profit to sustain the business,” he said when briefing President Masisi during the tour.

He said LEA assisted the trust to compile a business plan last year aimed at making the project profitable.

He said they sent the plan to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Southern Africa Development Commission (SADC) and Rural Development Council.

As a result, he said, UNDP assisted with P1.8 million, RDC with P2 million, and SADC P2.2 million.

He explained, “the funds would be used for expansion of Zutshwa Salt production. The tests have indicated that it is 99.9 percent pure salt. Our intention is to expand production so that we can be able to meet market demand in our country. After expansion we foresee increase in our employment rate. Our output will also triple.”

Mr Molefe said the project currently employed 25 people on rotational basis every three months.