Rantuana Calls for Improvement of Conditions of Service

| December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Member of Parliament for Ramotswa, Mr Samuel Rantuana has requested fellow MPs to come up with ideas that would help address challenges that employees are faced with.

Debating the State-Of-the-Nation Address on December 1, Mr Rantuana said there was need to improve conditions of service for employees, particularly in primary schools. He argued that buildings as well as teachers’ houses were dilapidated and needed to be renovated, especially those in mission schools in his constituency.

The MP also said his constituency was also faced with land challenges and cited examples of the recent stampede at the land board, where Batswana flocked the offices to apply for plots. Thus, he said government should address land issues, not only in Ramotswa, but countrywide for Batswana to be allocated land.

On other issues, Mr Rantuana complained about the landfill, saying it was an eyesore for visitors while its stench was also unbearable. Another MP, Mr Itumeleng Moipisi of Kgalagadi North expressed concern about the results and performance of schools in his area, which he said deteriorated every year.

As a result, Mr Moipisi urged all ministers under the Ministry of Education and Skills Development to work with him to find ways of improving the situation in schools in the Kgalagadi North constituency.

He said he was looking for some sort of a turnaround strategy that would turn the situation around and see results and performance improved in the Kgalagadi North in the future. Further, Mr Moipisi suggested that subjects on borehole mechanics be introduced in brigades for the local youth to be able to maintain the abundant boreholes in the area.

He also suggested the introduction of subjects on leather tanning or processing in the brigades. That, he argued would help youth or the community to preserve leather and also take aantage of the impending leather park to be established in Lobatse, where they would also get employed.

On poverty eradication, he said the Ipelegeng programme had existed for a long time and had improved lives of some Batswana. He said he was surprised why the opposition continued to criticise it, hence challenged them to come up with alternative programmes.

However, he argued that while the Ipelegeng was a good initiative, it needed to be run by focal persons who would relieve social workers atha are already overwhelmed with assisting Batswana in other social programmes.

On the Rural Area Development Programme, he said there was need to educate its beneficiaries on financial management.

MP Moipisi was also concerned about shortage of grazing land in the area and asked the minister responsible to look into the issue and come up with ways that would help address the situation since it has been a problem that had been argued for by his predecessors.

He also asked government to look into increasing the threshold for farmers in his area for digging boreholes to water their animals from the initial 40 per cent to at least 75 per cent contribution.

On tourism, Mr Moipisi argued that Kgalagadi North had a lot of untapped tourism activities.

Among them, he said was the Inalegolo horse racing funded by the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund, adding that the Botswana Tourism Organisation could also assist and make it more beneficial to the community. BOKHUTLO

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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