Economy Shows Improvement – Mmolotsi

| April 30, 2015

Francistown South MP, Mr Wynter Mmolotsi, says the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has recorded a 5.3 per cent growth with a surplus in the 201516 budget.

Addressing a kgotla meeting in Block 8, Francistown, on April 27, Mr Mmolotsi said the GDP growth was a commendable factor especially after the economy meltdown. He explained that the country’s foreign reserves stood at P79 billion saying the amount was enough to sustain the country’s import cover for 18 months.

Mr Mmolotsi said for a country’s import cover to be considered sustainable, it should be six months therefore Botswana was doing well. On the 201516 national budget, he said the P55.38 billion budget was mostly aimed at human capital development, the fight against HIVAIDS, poverty eradication and the improvement in the availability of water and electricity.

Mr Mmolotsi noted the country is currently facing a shortage of electricity which is aggravated by South Africa’s decrease in the power that it avails. He explained that South Africa is also facing power crisis hence the decision to minimise the power it avails to Botswana.

On water shortage, he explained that the southern part of Botswana is facing a water crisis because of the drying of the Gaborone Dam and through the just allocated funds water will be supplied from the north to the south of the country.

In his welcome remarks, Phase IV customary court president, Mr Masego Masonya implored parents to instill Botho in their children at a family level. He said Botho, which is one of the presidential road maps, can be realised at national level only if it is started at the grassroots which is at family level.

Kgosi Masonya said the responsibility of raising citizens who have Botho is not the responsibility of government, but that of parents. He said one way of ensuring a well behaved citizenry is by discouraging alcohol and drug abuse.

The Block 8 Ward Development Committee chairperson, Mr Fanyane Mapetla complained about people who have turned the area behind Gold Mine secondary into a dumping site. He lamented that some people come as far as Block 1 to dump waste at the area.

Mr Mapetla also complained about lack of a park, playgrounds and a place where they could erect a Kgotla structure in the area.

Ipopeng Councillor, Ms Jenamiso Mojaki echoed, the WDC’s sentiments, adding that due to lack of community playgrounds, constituency teams do not have a place to play. She lamented that the teams were also denied access to the schools’ playgrounds.

Councillor Mojaki also lamented the congestion at Masego clinic which results in some patients returning home unattended as the clinic closes at 1630hrs. She suggested that the clinic should be upgraded to 24hrs service.

On a positive note, Councillor Mojaki applauded Mr Mmolotsi for liaising with the Minister of Health in ensuring the availability of some drugs including ARVs, which were always out of stock.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Business & Finance

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