9 July 2018

Botswana: Tsetseng Pleads for Health Services At Kgalagadi

Tsetseng — Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, who is also a Member of Parliament for Tatatokwane constituency, Mr Ngaka Ngaka promised residents of Tsetseng in his constituency that he would follow up the possibility of continued health services provision to the village from Kgalagadi District rather than Kweneng.

The administrative arrangement is that Tsetseng, which is located in Kweneng District, has to receive various services 300km away at Letlhakeng, which is the sub-district headquarters, even though the village is located just 30km from Kang in the Kgalagadi, a different administrative district.

Speaking at a kgotla meeting at that village on Thursday, Mr Ngaka said the arrangement was devoid of logic and a punishment to residents.

He said that although the villages of Motokwe, Khekhenye and Tsetseng were in Kweneng, a convenient arrangement was done for the villages to receive health services at Kang, but said that the villages of Motokwe and Khekhenye later protested the arrangement and wanted to be serviced in Kweneng.

"A kgotla meeting was held at these two villages by the minister of health and wellness and it was agreed that the two villages would resort to receiving health services at Kweneng, but Tsetseng was also erroneously returned, so I will follow up the issue with the relevant minister," he said.

Mr Ngaka said that considering its proximity to Kang, it would be ideal for Tsetseng to receive all services at the Kgalagadi District Council, but that the only challenge would be that their area councillor sat at Kweneng District, which would make advocating for them a challenge.

Mr Ngaka also announced to the ululations of residents that Tsetseng was on the list of 39 villages that would be electrified this financial year.

He said the company that had been awarded the job would soon address a kgotla meeting in the village to inform residents.

"It is our hope that the electrification of this village would open up good things as electricity is one of the major necessities in as far as developments are concerned," he said.

Mr Ngaka was responding after resident of Tsetseng indicated their concern on the decision to provide their village with health services at Kweneng, which they said was illogical since they were closer to Kgalagadi District.

Residents also complained that lack of electricity in the village hampered basics such as health services at the clinic, especially in the late hours.

They also complained that the decision to re-direct the village to Kweneng was done without consulting them.

Still at the meeting, Letlhakeng Sub-district assistant council secretary, Mr Tumelo Seboko informed residents that their local primary school would be maintained before end of the year.

He said that maintenance in some schools in the sub-district had already started.

He also informed them that the late provision of some food stuffs at the school was a result of hiccups in the tendering process and indicated that they had since corrected the anomaly.

Source : BOPA

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