Makgaba to Be Declared Village – Tshireletso

| May 15, 2015

Makgaba settlement, which is inhabited by 281 residents, would soon be declared a village.

Addressing a kgotla meeting in the settlement recently, Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Ms Botlogile Tshireletso said the settlement qualified to be a village.

Ms Tshireletso noted that Makgaba was a recognised settlement and that if people from cattle posts in its periphery were included, the total population would amount to 521.

She stated that all the processes and consultations required for a settlement to be declared a village have been completed through the Sub-District Land Use Planning Unit (Sub-DLUPU).

Furthermore, the assistant minister acknowledged that residents had complained that only a few people were enrolled under the Ipelegeng programme in Makgaba hence plans to increase the number to 31.

She also stated that as per the residents’ request, she would make follow up with the relevant authorities to see if the mobile clinic could not visit the village twice a month.

Also, she informed residents that destitute allowance cash component would increase from P120 to P150.

The village leader, she said would also receive payment after declaring Makgaba a village, as he would hold a post of headman of arbitration.

The minister was responding to a concern raised by the Village Development Committee (VDC) chairperson, Mr Gosetsemang Mawane who had stated that failure to declare Makgaba a village had led to absconding from school by their children, as they were separated from their parents at a very young age to attend school in Mokubilo.

Mr Mawane also said such had denied them opportunity to benefit from government programmes such as Ipelegeng programme.

In other issues, Mr Mawane encouraged cluster policing volunteers to help fight crime in the settlement while they awaited new developments.

One of the residents, Mr Allen Munyatsiwa complained that mobile clinic service was not efficient in their settlement.

Mr Keapoletswe Kedibetswe also expressed concern that pensioners were not paid their monthly stipends.

On the other hand, Ms Gosalamang Ridge complained that junior and senior secondary school learners were not allocated toiletry efficiently.

Kgosi Badigeng Resetse of Mokubilo requested the minister to devise a plan that could be applied to resolve conflicts between field and cattle owners.

Member of Parliament for Boteti East, Mr Sethomo Lelatisitswe thanked residents for their contributions at the meeting.

Mr Lelatisitswe urged residents to prepare for the upcoming developments in their area.

He also encouraged residents to fence their fields and yards, saying that would make significant changes in their lives.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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