Botswana: Road Project Costs Up P250 Million

Tonota — Tonota residents have been updated on the planned construction of the P750 million Tonota-Semotswane-Mandunyane-Borolong-Chadibe-Mathangwane road.

Addressing a kgotla meeting in the village on January 6, area MP Mr Pono Moatlhodi said the project, initially planned to cost over P500 million, was currently at tender stage.

He said the contractor was expected to be on site by the first week of June.

The project, he explained, included the construction of a fly-over at Molotong junction along the Tonota/Francistown road and another at Chadibe rail crossing.

Further, Mr Motlatlhodi said, 17 households at Semotswane, 59 at Mandunyane and 71 at Shashemooke would be affected by the project.

He said the project was expected to temporarily alleviate shortage of unemployment in Tonota and Shashe West constituencies.

He said as with previous projects, the leadership of the two constituencies would meet with the contractor regarding the employment of locals.

On another issue, Mr Moatlhodi lamented that the waiting list for residential plots in Tonota currently stood at 1 600 and appealed to residents to sell idle fields to Tonota Sub-land Board.

The Tononota legislator also decried the fact that agriculture, which remained the economic backbone of rural communities, continued to decline despite much land having been set aside to facilitate its growth.

Vast tracts of land zoned for agricultural use were either under-utilised or lying idle while many fields remained undeveloped and others poorly managed, he said.

Mr Moatlhodi said some people made it difficult for government to acquire land by hiking prices, which he said was the major reason the state was struggling to obtain the resource for public purposes.

Another concern, he said, was the growing trend among citizens to sell land, particularly to foreigners.

Residents heard that a plot had been secured for the construction of a hospital.

He also decried the acute shortage of drinking water at Shashemooke despite some measures having been put in place to address the situation.

Mr Moatlhodi said given the tremendous population growth in Tonota West over the past few years, there was need for a primary school and a clinic in the area.

He called for the upgrading to bitumen standard of internal roads in Tonota village, which served as the administration centre for the constituency.

On politics, Mr Moatlhodi appealed to Tonota residents and Batswana at large to put aside their political differences and rally behind President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi in order to develop the country.

Meanwhile, chief registered nurse at Tonota Main Clinic, Ms Gabaseme Mako appealed to residents to use other health facilities such as Madisakwana and Manyanda clinics to reduce congestion at the main one.

She said even though Madisakwana Clinic now operated on 24 hour basis, including on weekends and public holidays, people still prefered the main facility because it was assigned a doctor.

Giving a vote of thanks, Tonota Central councillor and also Tonota Sub-district Council chairperson, Mr Chris Machokoto promised residents that councillors and the administrative leadership as well as central government would work together to improve implementation of projects.

Source : BOPA

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