Committee Seeks to Expand Community Day Care Centre

| May 12, 2015

The Boikhutso Ward Development Committee (WDC) in Francistown South has raised over P13 000 towards expansion of the community day care centre.

Speaking in a kgotla meeting addressed by Francistown South MP, Mr Wynter Mmolotsi recently, the committee chairperson, Ms Kereeditse Kediabetswe said the funds were raised through a wellness day that was organised to add up on the City of Genk funding.

She said Belgium’s City of Genk, through its twinning agreement with Francistown, donated P28 000 towards expansion of the day care centre and it was inadequate hence the WDC fund raising initiative.

Still on charity activities, Ms Kediabetswe applauded the Botho College students for donating a wheel chair valued at over P3 000 to a 92-year old resident in the ward.

On other issues, the WDC chairperson decried the rising crime incidents in the ward and she said the residents had since volunteered to partner with Kutlwano police to conduct patrols.

She complained that some residents contributed to crime as they continued to rent out their houses to illegal immigrants. Phase IV Customary Court president, Mr Masego Masonya commended the residents for de-bushing some areas that were crime risk areas through the Ipelegeng programme.

Mr Masonya said the youth who are engaged in the programme should explore opportunities such as the Youth Development Fund (YDF) and even further their studies through correspondence.

One of the residents, Ms Margaret Kale suggested the city council’s SHHA revenue office should once a month conduct mobile visits to collect loan repayments. Ms Kale said the mobile visits could assist in collection of repayments as some people were discouraged to go to the offices.

Ms Kale’s concern was echoed by another resident, Mr Herbet Nkabiti who suggested that the council should come up with other ways of service levy collection such as through Botswana Post and Internet banking. Ms Beauty Kaima decried the shortage of hypertension drugs at Boikhutso Clinic.

In response, Mr Mmolotsi warned the residents that accommodating illegal immigrants is an offence. He said he will suggest the issue of SHHA revenue mobile offices to the council management adding that he is hopeful that the offices will assist in collecting the over P52 million service levy and rates arrears owed to the council.

Proposing a vote of thanks the area councillor, Mr Themba Mbambo expressed worry that the youth seemed to be only interested in Ipelegeng and Nyeletso Lehuma programmes and ignored other programmes such as those offered at Gender Affairs department.

He said the ward is lagging behind in terms of empowerment programme enrolment.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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