Youths cry foul as debate rages over Chobe River lodges

Coming soon: The area where the eight lodges are planned PIC: DWNP
Coming soon: The area where the eight lodges are planned PIC: DWNP

Young tourism entrepreneurs in Chobe District say the tender specifications for the planned development of lodges along the Chobe River front, push them out of contention in favour of more established businesspeople.

The youths recently wrote a complaint to the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, adding their voices to a heated matter already pitting ecologists against land authorities. Plans by the environment and tourism ministry to open up 240,000sqm of land at the Chobe River front for eight new lodges, stoked sharp debate in Parliament this week, with deputy speaker, Pono Moatlhodi intervening to end discussions.

According to the Expression of Interest document floated for the new lodges, applicants must be 100% citizen-owned companies and consortiums. Companies should have tourism licences that have been in existence for at least the past two years and for consortiums, at least one of their companies should have a tourism licence that has been in existence for two years or more.

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