Rolong Land Board Donates House

| June 9, 2015

Lands and housing minister, Mr Prince Maele, has hailed Rolong Land board employees for building a house for one of the needy and elderly members of the Rakhuna community.

Speaking at a ceremony to hand over the house, Mr Maele said the employees were living one of their ministry’s mandate of housing Batswana. “These employees are really living by example and also living the Visions 2016 pillar of ‘a compassionate, just and caring nation’, he said.

He encouraged the recipients of the house to take good care of it because the concerned employees offered it as a sign of love. He appreciated all those who contributed to the building of the house, saying it was ‘botho’ at its best.

“This house will go a long way in improving the recipient’s life and the lives of those she lives with,” he said, adding that the house was his ministry’s 13th delivered since President Seretse Khama Ian Khama’s housing appeal initiative in 2010.

He said that was a commendable effort as it put his ministry as the highest in contributions to the Presidential Housing Appeal.

Mr Maele said government had obligated itself to ensuring that Batswana lived a dignified life by having a roof over their heads hence the presidential appeal, an initiative he hailed.

He indicated that ever since its inception in 2010, the Presidential Housing Appeal had so far built 465 houses with 77 still under construction.

He said even the employed who cannot afford to build houses for themselves could turn to programmes such as the improved Self Help Housing Agency (SHHA) for assistance.

He said some programmes like the Turn Key one were also established with the aim of providing shelter to many Batswana across the country.

Government, he said was also working on other programmes such as the Installment Purchase scheme, as well as the Youth Housing Scheme that were affordable to ensuring that youth also owned houses.

A relative, Ms Mmapela Merakeng, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiary, Ms Maria Dilaolo, expressed gratitude to the landboard employees’ saying theirs was a good gesture.

She indicated that her relative had long lost her husband and that for a long time had not been having a decent accommodation.

She encouraged others to continue doing good to those that they live with for their benefit, quoting a Bible scripture that says: ‘blessed is the hand that giveth than the one that receives’.

In his welcome remarks, Kgosi Lotlaamoreng II also appreciated what the landboard officials had done, saying indeed shelter was necessary as it protects people from various weather conditions that can be disruptive to normal living.

Kgosi Lotlaamoreng said the employees’ gesture was not only a sign that they were the custodians of land, but they also encouraged the full utilization of land.

He urged other departments in the Rolong area to follow the example of the Rolong Landboard.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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