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Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development (MYSC) has reserved more than P70 million for support of youth businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following the outbreak of coronavirus in December 2019, government of has moved up with speed to put up precautionary measures to reduce the spread of the disease. Such measures include among others; regular washing of hands, use of hand sanitisers, social distancing, which suggest that people should keep a distance of one metre to two metre apart from each other and prohibition of gatherings of more than 10 people had rather conveyed bittersweet effects on the entertainment industry in Francistown.
The creative industries, which includes performing arts, visual arts and cultural tourism activities, is not only proving to be a highly transformative one in terms of income generation, but is also contributing to Botswana’s GDP.
The Government of Botswana has been closely monitoring the evolution of the COVID-19 outbreak, now declard a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.
With a focus on the promotion of private sector-led growth and job creation, the government has once again reiterated its commitment to invest in the creative industry.
Government does not intend to dominate the television space especially with regard to youth television.