Dandane Water Situation to Improve

| April 17, 2015

Member of Parliament for Bobirwa, Mr Shaw Kgathi has assured residents of Dandane ward in Bobonong that water crisis in the Bobirwa area would be addressed upon completion of the pipe line from the Thune Dam.

Mr Kgathi said construction of the pipe line was delayed by a pending court case by one contractor who took Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) to court concerning the awarding of the tender.

Thune Dam was expected to supply portable water to 10 villages and the construction of the pipe line would be carried out in phases.

Addressing a kgotla meeting in Dandane on April 14, Mr Kgathi also briefed residents about the construction progress of the Platjan Border Post bridge between Botswana and South Africa. He said the bridge would ease movement of people between the two countries as it was taxing for travelers to use Martins Drift Border post.

Concerning the opening of the Mmamabaka border post, he said Botswana has long been ready as witnessed by some of the physical structures placed at the designated area of the border but was awaiting Zimbabwe to act.

The Bobirwa legislator also briefed them about Bobonong internal roads, the Societies Amendment Bill which was passed by Parliament recently. The bill, he said sought to increase the number of people establishing a church from 10 to 150 to help curb the mushrooming of churches.

Mr Kgathi, who is also the defence, justice and security minister raised a concern over the escalating crime of stock theft and house breaking in Number 10 policing district recorded by Selibe Phikwe, Botshabelo, Bobonong, Baines Drift and Semolale police stations.

He noted that stock theft cases were leading, particularly in Bobonong, adding that Dikgosi would be empowered to offer stiffer sentences to perpetrators to arrest the situation. Mr Kgathi said in 2013, 87 cases were recorded in Bobonong and warned parents to caution their children to stop engaging in criminal activities.

One resident, Mr Itireleng Phatswane complained of poor road signage at Modisaotsile and Mosetlha Junior Secondary School.

He said speed humps have been made and signs placed and the humps were poorly designed to the extent that motorists end up using the side of the roads which destroys the road shoulders.

Another resident, Mr Baakodi Tombale said crime was exacerbated by granting of bail to criminals by the magistrate courts.

He however called for the empowerment of customary courts to deal with stock theft, adding criminals prefer magistrate courts where they are given bail.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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