2 August 2018

Botswana: Govt Approves Moralane Ranch Project

Moralane — Residents of Moralane have been informed that government has approved the development of the community ranch.

Speaking at a kgotla meeting on August 2, youth empowerment, sport and culture development assistant minister, Mr Dikgang Makgalemele said P1 million has been set aside for the project under the current financial year.

Mr Makgalemele said the development of the ranch will not only address current challenges like shortage of water for livestock, but will also to some extent, contribute to the fight against poverty and unemployment.

He further advised the community to venture into other projects that were likely to result from the development.

Mr Makgalemele further revealed that the village will be connected to the national electricity grid during the current financial year, which he viewed as a major milestone towards the development of the business sector.

He said young people, who were eager to engage in projects that were hindered by shortage of power, must fully benefit from the development.

In his welcome remarks, Kgosi Keoganne Modisapodi had informed the meeting that the tribal administration office was powered through solar energy, which he said was currently down and therefore the village kgotla had been experiencing power shortage, adding that the expected long term solution to the power situation in the village was a welcome development.

On other issues, Mr Makgalemele also informed residents that the youth agricultural cooperative was expected to commence after receiving P200 000 from the constituency development fund.

He advised the youth to focus and fully take advantage of the anticipated developments to venture into projects that will help fight poverty and unemployment.

Mr Makgalemele further appealed to them to support those who have benefited from Nyeletso Lehuma by utilising their services and buying their products.

The residents expressed concern about the bad state of the gravel road connecting their village with Mosolotshane, which Kgosi Modisapodi said led to shortage of transport though the village sources most services from Shoshong.

Kgosi Modisapodi also appealed to government to de-bush the Shoshong/Mosolotshane road.

Assistant council secretary Mr Detto Molatlhegi, however said council was unable to clear the bush on the road reserve due to financial constraints but assured residents of Moralane that the road would be cleared through labour intensive works with the little funds that had been secured.

Meanwhile, chief technical officer at Roads Department (central government), Mr Ishmael Rannoko informed the meeting that his office was aware of the bad state of the Mosolotshane/Moralane road, saying a tender to award the contractor who will work on the road had been evaluated.

He said pending finalisation of the tendering process, the road would be done in house with the department grader, adding that where possible, small contractors will also be engaged to work on the road.

Mr Rannoko said the Roads Department was currently engaged at Dibete and therefore appealed to residents to be patient as his office relied on only one grader.

Meanwhile, Mr Makgalemele called for the revival of such clubs as boy scouts, girl guides and scripture union, which he said will go a long way in guiding children responsibly.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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