Palapye — Special Economic Zones Authority (SEZA) and Botswana GeoScience Institute (BGI) in collaboration with the Palapye Land Board recently convened a meeting to sensitise residents about the organisations' mandates and development projects earmarked for the village.
SEZA master planning executive Mr Jayson Sechele explained that economic zones were set up to expedite economic growth and development.
The country, he said, had been divided into eight regional zones among them Palapye.
He said Palapye was experiencing growth in terms of both population and development.
Mr Sechele said the area was rich in coal reserves and strategically located to be the hub for coal and coal beneficiation projects.
He said besides Morupule Colliery supplying Botswana Power Corporation with coal for power generation, SEZA intended to attract companies such as Shumba Energy and Minergy and others to also mine coal for local consumption and export.
Mr Sechele said industries that produced coal products such as oil, fuel, plastic, fertilizers among others were being planned for the area.
He said that would result in employment creation, regional economic growth and ultimately the ugrading of the country.
Mr Sechele said the industrial area located in the north east of Palapye was earmarked for projects among them horticulture in the interest of food security.
Meanwhile, BGI manager Mr Bokete Botepe has explained that his organisation worked hand in hand with land, council authorities and investors.
He said in the Palapye area, they worked with BIUST to utilise laboratories for soil testing for places where projects were planned.
Mr James Molosankwe, also from BGI indicated that the organisation was established to undertake research in the field of geosciences and also to provide specialised geoscientific services.
He said BGI was a custodian of geoscience information, promoted search for and exploration of any mineral in Botswana and acted as an advisory body in respect of geosciences and geo-hazards.
Palapye Land Board chairman, Mr Josephar Mokgwetla said his organisation would be working with SEZA and BGI to get more information about the land as well as its safety and stability for the undertaking of specific projects and for residential purposes.
Source : BOPA