Work Permits Project Commences

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

A project to automate the processing of the work permits, which will better ensure the integrity of the documents and enhance processing time as well as data management has already commenced.

In his State-of-the-Nation Address during the first session of the 11 parliament, President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama said it was the government’s duty to promote the economic interests of its own citizens when it comes to issues of employment.

President Khama said government nonetheless continued to recognise the value of opening doors to citizens of other countries who add value to the economy and social welfare of the nation as a whole. He said illegal migration, however, remains a serious challenge, and over the past year over 36,000 illegal immigrants were deported.

On land, President Khama said, his party’s manifesto recognised that the equitable and efficient distribution of land remains an area of both great opportunity and challenge. To address the shortage of serviced land, he said government shall continue to undertake land servicing projects to promote economic development.

He said the construction of Palapye Extension 11 land servicing project is expected to yield 3300 plots upon completion.Government, he said would continue with infrastructure design projects for another eight areas around the country.

Furthermore, President Khama said government is also implementing additional measures that promote optimal utilisation and better management of land resources through physical planning Land Administration Processes, Capacity Building and Systems (LAPCAS) Project, which has so far resulted in the surveying of 234,525 plots countrywide.

A project outcome will be the establishment of a land information centre as a collection of all land data in the country, and as of now a total of 890,814 individual land records have been opened and secured, while Deeds Registry has captured 431,667 title deeds, he said.

The President noted that information collected through this project would benefit individual landholders as well as the country as a whole, since registered land titles can be used as collateral for loans.

He said the Town and Country Planning Act of 2013 which further decentralised physical planning functions to the Councils became operational in April 2014, providing for oversight and policy direction on physical planning as well as regional planning functions.

President Khama said efforts are also ongoing to prepare new settlement development plans, adding that to date a total of 25 such plans, out of a current target of 29, had been prepared.

“Government is further exploring alternatives to decentralise and decongest development away from Gaborone. We have thus commenced the preparation of three new master plans,” he said.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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