Masilo appeals for help

| September 13, 2015

Presidential Housing Appeal coordinator, Colonel Duke Masilo has appealed to individuals to assist in providing shelter to the underprivileged members of society.

Speaking at a house handing over in Kaudwane to the Tlhogoyaphuduhudu family by the Botswana College of Engineering and Technology (BCET) recently, Col. Masilo said assisting the underprivileged should not only be left to companies and government departments, but that individual assistance was also welcome.

“When we talk of the need to assist the needy members of society, we do not talk of large sums of money and every amount is highly appreciated,” he said.

Col. Masilo also said the housing appeal was not a campaign tool by the ruling party as some people think. He said the initiative was meant to complement other government initiatives of providing shelter to Batswana.

Giving the background of the initiative, Col. Masilo said since the first house was completed in 2011, the appeal had gone on to realise 527 more houses across the country, with 70 more expected to be completed by the end of the year. He appealed to the nation to keep the assistance coming in because there were many citizens who needed shelter.

Officiating at the event, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education and Skills Development, Mr Richard Matlhare commended the college for giving the Tlhogoyaphuduhudu family dignity, which he said was alongside the 5Ds as preached by President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama.

Mr Matlhare said it was upon Batswana to ensure that Vision 2016 left a trail of good deeds, and advised villagers to appreciate the effort, noting that resources were not enough to assist them all.

He also thanked all stakeholders that assisted in the realisation of the project.

On the other hand, BCET principal, Mr Michael Gwebu said their first encounter with Kaudwane was in 2013 when they came to the area on an official retreat and motivational talk as well as a donation of some school wear at the local primary school.

“The idea of assisting a member of the community was mooted during that time, and we later raised funds through various avenues such as moot-courts and seeking of donations from our stakeholders,” Mr Gwebu said.

He said their major challenge was transporting building material, especially river sand which they got from Metsimotlhabe. The over P51 000 house was finally completed this year

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