Botswana: Letoreng Residents Enjoy Developments

Letoreng — Letoreng settlement located in Tswapong South near Machaneng is gradually changing face.

Eleven years ago, the settlement had no school, no health post or other social amenities thus making life difficult for the inhabitants.

After years of facing eviction by the Sefhare Sub-land Board, government finally declared Letoreng a gazetted settlement in 2008, paving way for it to receive developments like other villages.

"We are proud of the government and the private sector for bringing developments to the people of Letoreng," the Village Development Committee (VDC) chairperson, Ms Tirelo Thebeng said in an interview.

Realising that government has a lot on her plate, Letoreng VDC took it upon themselves to build a two roomed office for their leader, Kgosi Lekang Koboto.

"The offices have come in handy because our kgosi could not work in an open space or in the kgotla shelter particularly during the rainy season," she said.

Part of kgosi's duties include presiding over disputes but not having offices to operate from, proved challenging for Kgosi Koboto to execute the duty in a kgotla shelter.

Gradually, Letoreng is taking the mould of a proper village and now has a primary school built with the assistance of Lions Club International which constructed the facility to the tune of P1.7m.

The school has been in operation for the past two years and offers lessons for reception class up to Standard Three.

"Our children no longer walk 16km daily to access education at Mathako. We are grateful for Lions Club for donating this school to us," stated Ms Thebeng.

Expansion of the school continues with three classrooms designated for standard fours and fives still under construction.

The plan is to catch up and have all the streams available.

"We would like to see our school accommodating all the classes up to Standard Seven," she said.

The development presents an opportunity to improve academic performance given the convenience of having walking just a short distance to and from school.

Availability of health services is another development that the community of Letoreng is grateful for.

With the village now having a health post, this has reversed the previous arrangement where villagers were forced to seek such services at Sefhare and Machaneng, something that was a struggle especially for patients in critical condition.

Others worth a mention include availability of clean water and electricity all of which contribute to improved livelihoods.

Like many other villages, Letoreng did not miss out on the constituency development fund which saw the construction of the new VDC offices, making it possible for members to conduct their business effectively.

Through the fund, Letoreng VDC hopes to build houses to accommodate public officers stationed at the village which they hope would one day have all that a village needs.

Source : BOPA

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