Satellite North WDC Struggles With Fundraising

| January 21, 2015

The Ward Development Committee (WDC) of Satellite North in Francistown is said to be struggling to raise funds for developments.

One of the residents, Ms Catherine Bok told the area MP Mr Buti Billy in a kgotla meeting on January 19 a that the WDC had nothing to rely on to raise funds except renting out cooking pots.

She stated that they did not have any houses to rent out, adding that their budget could not sustain any development projects. Ms Bok requested for a plot to build houses to rent so that WDC can have a source of income to carry out developments in the area.

She highlighted that Francistown City Council (FCC) had allocated them a space to utilize it for fund raising activities and they had decided to build two traditional houses for wedding celebrations. Meanwhile, Ms Bok appreciated the poverty eradication initiatives, noting though that they were not enough in their area.

In her welcoming remarks, Donga Deputy Court President Kgosi Tebogo Stephen complained about the poor attendance of kgotla meeting, which was the first to be addressed by their new MP.She said she believed that bottom up planning was the key for development, and failure to attend kgotla meetings of such kind would delay developments.

Kgosi Stephen urged residents to unite, change their behavior and bring about developments in their area. In his response, Mr Billy aised residents to plant high breeds seeds because of limited rainfall this rainy season.He said well-known WDC issues would be taken into account in the budget speech scheduled to be delivered in February.

Mr Billy mentioned that some of the parents are denying their children the right to education because of their mistakes and government does not allow that.

He said parents should take the responsibility for the school fees, adding that if parents owe school fees they should make an arrangement on how to pay the school even if the child has transferred to another school.

Mr Billy urged the WDC to request for a repossessed plot from FCC to build LA2 houses for rentals.

On poverty eradication issues, he said FCC is assisting much, citing an example that if there is a dress maker in Satellite, she must be given first priority to provide the Satellite Primary School with quality school uniform.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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