Kgatleng Council Receives New Fleet

| June 11, 2015

Kgatleng District Council, on June 8, received a new fleet after securing a P12.3 million loan from First National Bank Botswana (FNBB).

The new fleet comprises of one grader, two mini buses and six Chevrolet bakkies, while the remaining 21 vehicles will be delivered between now and August.

Receiving the vehicles, the Kgatleng District Council chairperson, Councillor Mpho Morolong said in 2014, the council solicited bids from different financial institutions to forge a partnership with institutions for financing, provision, procurement and supply of vehicles and plants.

He said different banks submitted their offers and ultimately FNBB was chosen, as its offer met the requirements of council. The idea of the partnership was borne out of a realisation of the challenges council faced in taking services to the people, he added.

“Of late, council has faced challenges of infrastructure maintenance and implementation of flagship programmes like poverty eradication, alternative packages, destitution and RADP,” said Cllr Morolong.

The chairperson said council has about 100 vehicles, 84 are five to ten years old while only sixteen vehicles are less than three years old.

Moreover, he said council has three graders of which only one is operational with the other two constantly down adding that the machinery were bought between 2003 and 2008.

“It is the above state of affairs that makes it difficult to meet the challenges of service delivery,” noted Cllr Morolong.

He also lamented that council has 1330km of road under its care and out of this 453km are gravel and 330km earth while only 107km of roads are tarred.

This, he said, requires a dedicated plant to maintain the roads adding that with old equipment, it was difficult to meet the maintenance of the roads.

“It is against this background that a partnership with FNB was established and a loan facility in the amount of P12.3m was secured to finance the procurement of plant and vehicles to meet these challenges of infrastructure and service delivery,” he said.

The loan would be paid over a five year period at a rate of 10.5 per cent, and the procured vehicles would be distributed to the most needy and critical departments which are at the fore front of service delivery and maintenance.

He said the departments include roads, social and community development and maintenance, which would be allocated Chevrolets while the road department would get a grader.

Furthermore, he noted that the vehicles would assist in the implementation and monitoring of bye law enforcement projects. Other beneficiaries, he added are the disabled who would receive a mini bus.

Giving a vote of thanks, Cllr David Motlhatlhedi urged the drivers of the vehicles to take care of them.

Cllr Motlhatlhedi noted that the government was using a lot of money to purchase vehicles and urged the drivers to always obey road signs to avoid accidents.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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