SPEDU ready for takeoff
The Selebi Phikwe Diversification Unit Company (SPEDU) has clinched a deal with Brite Star Aviation, an American aircraft manufacturing and maintenance company, and is looking to the creation of more than 3000 jobs for the region after it was hard-hit by the closure of the BCL mine.
Speaking at the signing ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the project on Tuesday, Brite Star Aviation President, Imre Katona said the decision to operate in Botswana was not a hard one to make as he has realized the potential the country has to offer.
“We had prospected joining the African market by looking into countries such as Kenya, Nigeria and Ethiopia but our interest was swayed to Botswana through extensive interactions with Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC), who showed us the benefits of coming to Botswana,” he revealed.
Katona also noted that the project, which will be located around the Selebi Phikwe Airport area, entails putting up of infrastructure including a maintenance hanger, a manufacturing plant, a research and development centre, a training centre, a hotel and conferencing safari centre and a composite factory.