Small Businesses Need Prop Up

| December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Government departments should support small enterprises by procuring goods and services from them as per government policy, says President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama.

“Government policy dictates that priority should be given to local businesses. I am not saying it is wrong to procure elsewhere in Botswana, but local businesses should be considered first and the same applies to the issuance of tenders,” said President Khama when responding to a complaint from Ranaka Village Development Committee chairperson, Mr Fonki Montwedi during a kgotla meeting at the village on November 27.

Mr Montwedi had complained that government’s effort to eradicate poverty through a number of interventions would not succeed if people were not supported by procuring entities. He said poverty eradication initiatives in Ranaka were likely to fail because government institutions did not buy from local businesses.

Mr Montwedi called on the government to consider setting up a maternity wing at Ranaka Clinic as well as to construct houses for nurses. He said there was acute shortage of office accommodation and transport for police officers.

For his part, Ranaka senior chief representative, Kgosi Karabo Telekelo called on the government to combat the soaring stock theft. He suggested that heavy penalties should be included in the livestock theft act amendments.

The Assistant Minister of Health, Dr Alfred Madigele said a number of factors worked against the setting up of a maternity wing at the Ranaka Clinic at the moment. He said Ranaka’s population of 2 700, its vicinity to both Kanye and Ntlhantlhe worked against setting up the maternity wing in the village

For his part, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Slumber Tsogwane aised the Ranaka Village Development Committee to take aantage of the Ipelegeng programme to augment office accommodation.

The Assistant Minister of Agriculture, Mr Patrick Ralotsia, who is also the area MP, encouraged farmers to form groups for purposes of lobbying the government and private entities. He said it would be easy for entities such as Botswana Agricultural Marketing Board to procure produce in Ranaka once such associations were established.

Assistant Commissioner Tandubanana Sechele acknowledged the increased stock theft in Ranaka, but said police were making progress and that perpetrators would be arrested in due course.

He said a special team has been established to address the issue. One village elder, Mr Tshebethinyana Mothibedi showered the government with praise for its endeavour to improve the livelihoods of the poor. President Khama also donated blankets, Bibles, footballs and soccer kits to Ranaka residents.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Business & Finance

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