Botswana: Sub Land Board to Allocate 800 Plots

Lobatse — Mmathethe Sub-land Board in the Southern District will soon allocate hundreds of plots in Metlobo after completing a survey exercise.

This was said on August 19 by the chairperson of Good Hope Sub-district Council, Ms Mmaobene Molefhe.

"The sub land board has completed a survey of 800 plots for Metlobo village and physical allocation will be done in the month of September," she said in address to the sub district council meeting.

Ms Molefhe said the plot allocation would be in addition to the almost 200 allocated recently at Digawana and Gopong villages in an effort to make land available to the people to improve their socio-economic development.

She stated that further allocations were expected to be carried out in the near future in other villages within the sub land board jurisdiction, after completion of the necessary processes.

"The lay-out for Magwereapitse, which is 171 plots, Mokgomane, 275 plots and Gathwane which is 193 plots remain un-surveyed. The concerned department is still sourcing funds to survey them," she explained.

The chairperson pointed out that the waiting list for Mmathethe Sub-land board was around 39 600 applications, with Digawana having the highest waiting list of nearly 9 000 applicants, followed by over 6 500 for Molapowabojang, around 5 300 for Gathwane, and over 4 800 for Mmathethe.

She added that Lejwana and Mogojogojo villages had waiting lists of over 3 000, while Tswaaneng, Magwereapitse, Metlobo, Mokgomane, Ga Segwagwa and Ga Majaalela had waiting lists below 3 000.

Regarding land allocation in the Rolong Land Board, which also services part of the Good Hope Sub-district area, Ms Molefhe said they had an equally high waiting list of just over 16 600 applications.

She said the Rolong Land Board had allocated more than 3 400 plots from 2015 to date.

"This financial year of 2019/20 the land board has a target of 500 plots to allocate. Last month a total of 265 plots were allocated at Mogobewakgomo village, a fraction of the 500 target for the year," she said.

Concerning works to improve water supply in the sub-district, Ms Molefhe said the Good Hope Sub-district emergency water supply project, which was completed earlier this year, had successfully connected Digawana and Pitsane cluster villages, which had struggled with supply from boreholes due to increasing demand for water.

She said the remaining villages in the sub- district would be connected under Phase 2.2, which was at consultancy stage of design.

"The programme management office under the Ministry of Land Management and Sanitation Services will finance the construction of pipelines from Lobatse hillside reservoir to the present pump station to boost the supply towards the Goodhope area.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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