Ngaka Tells Constituents to Exercise Patience

| January 27, 2015

The MP for Takatokwane constituency, Mr Ngaka Ngaka has informed residents of Maboane and Ditshegwane in his constituency not to pin too much hope in terms of employment opportunities on the proposed mine in the area as it is still far from being operational.

Addressing kgotla meetings in the two villages on January 21, Mr Ngaka informed them that the mine would take a while to get operational as it was still at feasibility study, after which there will also be issues of relocating farmers as the area was populated by cattle posts and ploughing fields.

Mr Ngaka also said another long term project that will be realised in the area was that of the Trans-Kalahari railway line, which would start in Mmamabula in the Central District to Walvis Bay in Namibia.

He said the project was also long term and will take some time before it could generate employment opportunities. He said the more than 1 500 km rail-line will be used to transport coal to the Botswana Dry port in Namibia.

On other issues, Mr Ngaka raised concern about the poor performance of primary schools in the two villages, especially Maboane Primary School, which he said came out among the bottom four out of 14 schools in his constituency.

He therefore urged all the stakeholders, especially parents in the area to take the issue seriously. He also informed them that as a way of trying to encourage better performance, he will provide a floating trophy and P1 000 as an incentive to the school that emerges top in the constituency.

For his part, the Maboane Village Development Committee Chairman, Mr Thuto Olemogeng complained that although extension officers in his village are trying their best to take poverty eradication projects to the people, such efforts are frustrated by the senior management at the sub district headquarters. He said many people in the village have not been assisted further than assessment stage.

The VDC chairperson for Ditshegwane, Ms Tshoganetso Lebuletswe complained of the malfunctioning coupon standpipes in the village, saying the problem has been rife since the take-over by Water Utilities Corporation.

She said this is despite the problem being reported often. She also called for additional classrooms and accommodation for teachers at Ditshegwane primary school, and also informed the MP that the VDC has completed the construction of a toilet for one destitute person in the village, and are still looking at completing the one-roomed house before handing over the project.

Mr Ngaka is touring his constituents to inform them about the latest issues discussed during the parliamentary session.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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