Tshweneyagae Urges Councillors to Be Innovative

| January 30, 2015

Ghanzi District councillors have been urged to come up with new and innovative ways of generating income for the council.

Council chairperson, Mr Thato Tshweneyagae, said this during a full council meeting to discuss the final 201516 recurrent budget on January 26. He said councillors should come up with income generating projects to reduce dependency on government revenue support grants.

Mr Tshweneyagae said the projects could be in the form of medium and long term investment opportunities. He called for the intensification of Public Private Partnerships, particularly that public participation was central to the process of economic diversification.

The chairperson urged bye-law enforcement units to create flexible environments for small businesses to grow while at the same time taking into account issues of public health. Commenting on the presentation, most councillors said the civic entertainment allowance should be abolished and money diverted to other items in the budget.

They said it was a contradiction given that the country’s economy was yet to recover from the global economic down turn.

In response, Mr Tshweneyagae indicated that they would look into how best they could resolve the matter, stating that some of the events covered under the civic entertainment budget such as the chairman’s ball were important since they provided an opportunity to reflect on their challenges and achievements in a casual manner.

He encouraged councillors to take a leading role in promoting Economic Diversification Drive (EDD).

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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