Olopeng Urges Retirees to Help Develop Constituency

| April 28, 2015

The Member of Parliament for Tonota South, Mr Thapelo Olopeng has called upon retirees in his constituency to collaborate with the government in bringing developments to fellow residents.

Addressing retired civil servants at a kgotla meeting in Tonota on April 24, Mr Olopeng put it to the pensioners that they had a wealth of experience and knowledge, which could be used to develop the constituency.

He said being retired did not mean that they were tired because they could still continue to contribute to the economy of the country in a number of meaningful ways.

Mr Olopeng urged the senior citizens to come up with ideas and opinions that could assist the current employees such as nurses and teachers to improve the situation in the constituency.

For instance, the MP, who is also the Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture (MYSC), said retired nurses could assist home-based care givers regarding the care of outpatients, whereas retired agricultural officers could turn Tonota into a horticultural hub using the abundance of water from the Shashe River.

He aised that the establishment of shopping facilities along the A1 road was another viable option for development because the site has more potential for business.

He stated that the Village Development Committee (VDC) was the backbone of developments in the village therefore pensioners should assist the committee to have an investment company.

The MP said he was concerned with young people’s habit of abandoning their projects to turn to bad behavior as such pensioners should mentor them through their projects because they need parental support.

Briefing the Minister on their association, one of the Members of Botswana Civil Servant Pensioners Association (BCSPA), Mr Rantshimo Ramahobo explained that the association was established in 1998 to show that there is life after retirement.

Mr Ramahobo said their motto, which says ‘we are retired but not tired’ meant that they were available to contribute to the development of the country.

He said they had a national executive committee chaired by former police commissioner, Mr Norman Moleboge they meet every year to discuss issues of development in their respective areas.

Mr Oteng Thokweng, also a member, noted that their role was to come up with good initiatives that could bring developments he cited the celebration of the Tonota centenary last year as an example of their ideas.

He said they had also dreamt of erecting a ‘Welcome to Tonota’ information road sign but they could not because of inhibiting road policies. “Another idea is to fence our departed ones’ graveyard to secure the place against intruders,” said Mr Thokweng.

Mr Thokweng said they have challenges in their association and requested assistance from government.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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