Sexaxa Welcomes Developments

| April 13, 2015

Residents of Sexaxa on the outskirts of Maun have expressed happiness at envisaged developments in their village.

This was after a recent announcement by the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Mr Kitso Mokaila that Sexaxa will be among 10 villages that will be electrified under the 20152016 financial year.

The village headman Kgosi Thaloganyo Lekang said, in an interview, that he was appreciative and overwhelmed by the prospects of developments, which were likely to be brought about by the provision of electricity. “We do not have butcheries in our village and I believe that with the electricity connection on the way such business will be set up,” he said.

Kgosi Lekang said apart from butcheries, the residents could set up businesses they always wanted to venture into but were restricted by the unavailability of connection to the national power grid.

He said they were worried that their long awaited connection to electricity could be delayed by the Tawana Land Board, which was yet to issue them with certificates for their plots.

“We made requests for the certificates last year and we are still waiting and those are requirements for one to be connected by the Botswana Power Corporation,” he said.

He added that the connection of electricity in their village comes at a time when the construction of Sexaxa first primary school was also under way.

Kgosi Lekang said a local tourism company called ampBeyond donated the school to the Sexaxa community, adding that it was officially approved by the North West District Council (NWDC) in June last year and the construction started in October last year.

“The construction of the school is ongoing and the school is expected to be fully operational by next year. The initial phase of the school entails construction of two blocks of four classrooms, an ablution block and a kitchen,” he said.

He said the second phase of the school will entail additional classrooms to accommodate all primary school levels from 1- 7 in the near future.

Kgosi Lekang said he was grateful for ampBeyond’s assistance, which he believes would go a long way in nurturing Sexaxa children into worthy citizens, adding that currently learners had to walk up to 10 kilometres daily to attend schools in Matlapana Primary.

He said there were 54 Sexaxa children attending at Matlapana, and highlighted that the long distance to school had resulted in a high dropout rate.

“Children must be physically fit to work these long distances and it exposes them to many risks,” he said. Kgosi Lekang also said the distance travelled by children disturbed their concentration at school, resulting in poor performance.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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