Botswana: P25m Overhead Bridge for Lobatse

Lobatse — Lobatse Town Council plans to construct a P25 million pedestrian overhead bridge near the bus rank.

According to town mayor, Ms Malebogo Kruger, the project would be financed through the Constituency Development Fund for the previous financial year as well as Botswana Railways assistance.

Addressing a kgotla meeting at Woodhall Customary Court on April 9, Ms Kruger pointed out that the decision to construct the overhead bridge across the railway line near the bus rank followed the realisation that many accidents occurred in the area.

She said the accidents involved pedestrians being hit by trains and vehicles colliding with trains as they tried to cross the railway.

"Some lives have been lost and vehicles have been damaged due to collisions with trains," she said.

She explained that since the P10 million allocated the constituency for 2018/19 was not enough to cover the whole cost of the project, Botswana Railways was approached for assistance.

"As I am speaking now drawing of the bridge's plan has been completed and the project is now at tendering stage. The tender is at adjudication stage, and our intention as council is to have the bridge complete before our current mandate expires," she said.

About the 2019/20 Constituency Development Fund budget, Ms Kruger further said it would be used to build a cultural village with the intention of attracting tourists and generating more revenue for Lobatse.

She noted that Lobatse had a rich cultural heritage which could be exploited for generating income.

"We have a rich history of things which started in Lobatse and some liberation struggle heroes from other countries who stayed in this town. We want to use this history to generate income for this town," she said.

The mayor said the cultural village would have accommodation facilities.

Some of southern Africa's liberation struggle heroes who stayed in Lobatse include the late Samora Machel and Nelson Mandela who later became presidents of Mozambique and South Africa respectively.

Ms Kruger further informed residents that 40 of the 45 projects undertaken using the P10 million allocated the constituency in the 2017/18 financial year had been completed.

She said each of the eleven council wards in Lobatse was allocated P909 000 while each Ward Development Committee was tasked with the responsibility of deciding which projects to undertake.

"Some Ward Development Committees came up with income generating projects such as construction of houses for rental, while some built crèches and community parks.

Tsopeng North Ward Development Committee chairman Mr Benjamin Sennye thanked the council for using money from the constituency development fund to develop Lobatse communities.

Mr Sennye said Tsopeng North Ward used its share of the funds to build a house and install tower lights in the area.

He said both projects were complete.

Source: BOPA

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