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Home Economics

This programme facilitates the provision of socio – economic empowerment and skills development to disadvantaged families especially young persons. Services provided are entrepreneurship training and development, advocacy and lobbying for young women and girls; promotion of local products by providing exhibition at District and National Shows. It coordinates the implementation of

·         Early Childhood Care and Education

Early Childhood Care and Education

This service is aimed at licensing of early childhood care and education centres in all districts. The programme includes supervision and monitoring of operations of Day Care Centres for children in Kweneng District.

Who qualifies for the service?

 Service providers who meet the following policy standards:

  •  Acceptable hygienic conditions
  • Acceptable physical structures
  • Acceptable quality of the environment
  • Acceptable quality of food and nutrition
  • Adequate education and development material

What kind of assistance do I get?

  • Registration ( Social and Community Development – Home economics )
  • Inspections for required standards by the following council departments: Environmental health (Health), Physical Planning ( zoning and landuse), Buildings ( building standards )
  • Licensing ( Commercial Affairs department )


Types of early childhood care & education services

  • Baby Care ( 0-2 ½ years)
  • Daycare / Nursery ( 2 ½ - 4 years )
  • Pre- primary ( 4- 6 years )


Rehabilitation of social welfare beneficiaries and economic empowerment of those willing to engage on small scale businesses

This entails welfare services that are geared towards and maintaining the (socio –economic and cultural) well being of individuals, groups and communities. In addition, it provides services that reassert the individual to live harmoniously with the environment.

The projects include:

  • Food processing/preservation (production of jams, marmalade, pickles, dried foods etc
  • Bread baking
  • Catering
  • Crocheting
  • Beadwork
  • Macramé
  • Woodwork
  • Toy making
  • Laundry
  • Basketry
  • Pottery
  • Sewing
  • Weaving
  • Knitting
  • Flower arrangements
  • Screen printing, tie & dye, batik
  • Vegetable gardening
  • Poultry
  • Early childhood care and education (day care/nursery)


Training in different skills is offered free of charge








For more information and services contact your nearest office:

  1. Chief Social & Community Development Officer                                                    Tel: 5920650/5922159
  2. Principal Community Development Officer I

 (Letlhakeng Sub District) Tel: 5943242/5943013

  1. Principal Community Development Officer I                                                               Tel: 5922122/5910619
  2. Principal Home Economics Officer I                                                                            Tel: 5922121
  3. Principal Social Welfare Officer I                                                                                             Tel: 5922153

Area Offices

  1. Molepolole Community Centre                                             5920336
  2. Lentsweletau                                                                          5779211
  3. Thamaga                                                                                5999281
  4. Mogoditshane                                                                        3912469
  5. Metsimotlhabe                                                                       3102753
  6. Kopong                                                                                  3102650
  7. Sojwe                                                                                     5930759
  8. Hatsalatladi                                                                            5931230
  9. Botlhapatlou                                                                          5932201
  10. Gabane                                                                                   3947055
  11. Mmankgodi                                                                            5999203
  12. Motokwe                                                                                5889079
  13. Lephephe
  14. Kubung
  15. Gamodubu
  16. Mmopane
  17. Gakuto
  18. Kumakwane
  19. Kweneng
  20. Dutlwe
  21. Khudumelapye
  22. Moshaweng
  23. Kaudwane
  24. Salajwe
  25. Sesung
  26. Ditshegwane
  27. Takatokwane
  28. Khekhenye
  29. Sorilatholo
  30. Diphuduhudu



















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The purpose of this service is to protect health of the community by ensuring that trading premises comply with requirements stipulated in various health and environmental statutes, e.g. Public Health Act, Building Control Act, Waste Management Act, etc. The inspections are done for issuance or renewal of trading premises. Routine inspections are also conducted for monitoring of health standards.

 How is service offered?

The applicant completes documentation at Commercial Affairs Office and then referred to Environmental Health Division for inspection booking. Inspections are done on first come first served. The standard of service is within five (5) days.

 The applicant is issued with conditional or unconditional inspection report immediately after inspection. Satisfactory inspection is recommended for license renewal or issuance whereas unsatisfactory premises are advised to comply first. Re-inspections are also done within five (5) days after booking again.

 Inspection tariffs

There are no charges for conducting inspections. The applicant only pays for the license s/he intends to trade on.


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a)  Background

The service is specifically for onsite waste water treatment system, i.e. septic tanks and pit latrines. It is offered for households and business establishments. However, priority is given to households and the latter are given an option of hiring private firms to empty their septic tanks.


b)   How service is received?

The client is advised to pay at Revenue for the type of system he intend to be assisted with. A receipt is then submitted to Sanitation Office for registration. S/he is advised to pour water and stir the toilet if it is a pit latrine. The standard for this service is seven (7) days and it is based on first come first served. The client will sign collection form after the service has been provided and s/he keeps a copy. Complaints regarding incomplete emptying are attended to by supervisor in presence of emptying crew.


c)    Effluent removal tariffs

The tariffs for emptying septic tanks and pit latrines are as thus:


  • Effluent removal (Residential)                                        P100.00/load


  • Effluent removal (Institutions)                                        P300.00/load


  • Effluent removal (Commercial)                                       P500.00/load
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Reporting of Matimela

 Anyone who knows of any stray animal should report to the nearest Matimela office or to the chief

Collection of Matimela

The council arrange for the collection


Giving the full description of Matimela, notification of presence of Matimela in kraals is placed on notice boards across the district/towns, and sent to other district and Ministry Of Agriculture to be aired on radio. (Rebatliseng Programme)


For one to claim Matimela as the owner, they have to bring the following requirement with the following fees for different livestock.


  •   Valid Omang card
  •   Valid brand Certificates in case the letimela has two different brands or proof of ownership

Handling and Subsistance Fees

 Cattle – P2.50 per day 

Other animals (donkeys,goats,horses,pigs) – P1.50 per day

  Auction Sale of Unclaimed Matimela   

Advertise advertise auction sale 14 days before the date on public notice boards, send to other districts/towns, Botswana Government Gazzette and Ministry of Agriculture to be aired on radio.

During auction sale, you are expected to pay cash or by bank guaranteed cheque


A minimum of P3000.00 – P3500.00 is required to be able to buy letimela

 Where can one find matimela?

·         Kweneng matimela kraal – Kweneng

·         Shadishadi/Chabuchabu matimela kraal – Shadishadi

·         Masope matimela kraal – Maboane

·         Khekhenye/Motokwe matimela kraal – Khekhenye

·         Kotolaname/sengolwane – Kotolaname

·         Diphuduhudu matimela kraal - Diphuduhudu














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a)    Introduction

The aim is to prevent transmission of communicable diseases by controlling pests of public health importance. The common pests are cockroaches, rodents and bed bugs.


b)   How is service rendered?

Client is advised to pay at Revenue for number of rooms/area to be sprayed. A receipt is then produced at Sanitation Officer for registration. The service is based on first come first served. S/he is informed about the exact date of spraying so that the client can prepare the rooms accordingly (e.g. removing of foodstuffs and other items to prevent them from getting in contact with insecticides). The standard for service is within seven (7) days.

The client signs the form after spraying is rendered and advised on safety precautions to follow after spraying. Complains regarding persistent pest infestation are followed and advice on good housekeeping are emphasized.


c)    Pest control tariffs

The charges for spraying/baiting of dwellings for pests of public health importance are as follows:


  • Residential house                                       P2.50/m2


  • Institutional areas                                                P5.00/m2


  • Commercial centres                                     P15.00/m2



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The report to the high levels of HIV in women of childbearing age, the Government of Botswana launched the national PMTCT Programme in 1999. The overall aim of the programme is to improve child survival and developed through the reduction of HIV transmission from mother to child.

 The programme was polluted in Francistown and Gaborone with national rollout of the programme achieved in November 2001.


Who Qualifies to be in the Programme

All pregnant women who are registering for Ante Natal Clinic are tested for HIV and if they are HIV positive they do qualify for the programme. Other services like counselling are also extended to their partners and children.


Who Provides the Service

-       The key people in this programme are the Lay Counsellors who offer HIV counselling and testing to the clients.

-       Other health Care workers like Health Education Assistant nurses, doctors, Social Workers, Pharmacy Technicians and Laboratory Technicians. Is also offer different services in line to the programme i.e drugs, Laboratory investigations and counselling.


How does a Patient Enroll in the Programme

 The client undergoes an HIV test after counselling, if she is HIV positive blood will be drawn to check her CD4 count. If her CD4 is less than 350 she will be initiated on ART for her own health benefit. But if the CD4 is above 350 she will be taking HAART for prophylaxis reason to transmission risks to the infant.


Her partner will also receive HIV counselling concerning their HIV status, available medical care for themselves and their families. HIV exposed babies will be given prophylactic treatment to reduce the transmission rate. And their mothers will be counselled on two breastfeeding method being exclusive breastfeeding and exclusive formula feeding. If she chooses exclusive formula feeding she will be provided with free infant formula until the baby is 12 months of age.


The baby will be test for HIV at six weeks using Dry blood spots (DBS) for PCR. (Polymacros Chain Reagent). The baby will also be given crotrimazole preventive therapy until 12 months or when tested negative for HIV. Confirmatory test will be done immediately when the child is positive. If negative repeat test will be done at 18 months using Rapid test. All HIV positive infants whether symptomatic or not will be referred to the ARV programme for Anti Retroviral (ART) services provided in the programme.



1.   Routine HIV Testing and counselling for all pregnant women and their partners during Ante Natal Care Clinic.


2.   Post Test Counselling – HIV positive women and their partners receive counselling concerning their HIV status, available medical care for themselves and their families.


3.   HAART and ARV Prophylyxis – offering ARV for infected eligible clients and their partners.


4.   Offering ARV prophylaxis for non eligible clients offering safe obstetric practices to reduce mother to child transmission.


5.   Provision of infant formula to mothers who chose to exclusive formula feed until the infant is 12 months of age.


6.   Provision of cotrimaxole preventive therapy for HIV exposed infants until 12 months of when tested HIV negative.


7.   Infant HIV testing at 6 weeks using PCR by Dry Blood Spots and rapid test at 18 months.


8.   Referring all HIV positive infants whether symptomatic or not for ARV programme for ARV’s.


9.   Provision of ongoing counselling for both HIV positive and negative women and their families and partners.


10.        Referring HIV positive women at Post Natal Care Clinic to IPT programme.


11.        Procuring formula for all eligible clients.


12.        Training of health workers in different PMTCT training.




The programme was launched in 2002 in Gaborone and Francistown as pilot project National in 2003.


Antiretroviral therapy though not a cure for HIV / AIDS is aimed at boosting HIV positive person’s immune system to enable them to live a more productive life with less chance of opportunistic infections.


Who Qualifies to be in the Programme

  • All clients who test HIV positive and have their CD$ count less than 250 cells has who clinically staging of 3 and four.
  • All HIV infant less than one year irrespective of whether they have symptomatic signs or not and children above one year qualify by eligible CD4%.


 Who Provides Care


Health Care workers who include Nurses, Doctors, Pharmacy Technicians, lay counsellors, Health Education Assistant, physiotherapy as well as the family members.


How does the Patient Enroll in the Programme


Patient undergoes HIV test, if HIV positive, His/her CD4 counts will be monitored in the ARV progress to evaluate whether she is eligible for ART.

A patient is being assessed regularly to see whether she qualifies. HAART by who clinical staging if the CD4 are high.



Blood investigations will be out to determine which ARV regime will be suitable for her as well as to have baseline information to monitor patient progress.

Patients qualifying for will be on treatment for the rest of her/his life and will be monitored at the ARV clinic.


Services Provided


-       Provision of Antiretroviral to all eligible clients

-       Offering adherence counseling and ongoing counseling to HIV positive clients and their family.

-       Monitoring clients on ARV treatment as well HIV positive clients who are not yet eligible for treatment.

-       Provision of post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) treatment to occupational exposure to HIV

-       Provision of ARV structure and strengthening of ARV drug storerooms in ARV’s clinics.

-       Provision of equipment and furnishers in ARV clinics.

-       Provision of security alarms in all ARV sites

-       Prevention and treatment of opportunistic infections and provision of HIV related treatment, care and support to infected clients.

-       Offering isonised preventive therapy to eligible HIV positive clients.

-       Referring clients to HIV/AIDS related programmes like home based care e.t.c.




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This programme benefits people who live outside at least 15 kilometres from established villages and settlements do not have access to basic social amenities and are generally socially and economically marginalized.


Who qualifies for support?

  • Resettlement to a designated settlement
  • Provision of basic to all services(land, health, water, education)
  • People who are citizens of Botswana
  • People who live in settlement with a population of 250-499
  • People who have no adequate water rights
  • People who have no real access to land
  • People who are out of reach in terms of distance from generally available basic services such as education, health; extension, etc.


What kind of assistance do I get?


  • Five livestock (cattle) or
  • Fifteen goats
  • Those who qualify for destitution are assisted through the destitution programme.
  • RADS children are assisted with food, toiletry, clothing, bedding, and transportation


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a)    Introduction

This aspect of Environmental Health falls under Waste Management Section. Its aim is to improve the human health and protect the environment. This service is offered to households, institutions and commercial areas.


b)   How service is received?

Customers are advised to pay at Council Revenue Offices for the number and type of refuse receptacles. S/he is then registered for collection schedule and slotted into collection schedule which is weekly. The client will sign refuse collection form to confirm that indeed collection was done in relation to amount paid. A copy is given to the client and original is taken by collection crew. Complains for irregular service are registered in complaints register and follow ups made.


c)    Collection tariffs

The charges for rendering refuse collection are as follows:


  • Domestic waste collection                  P2.50/85L drum

P5.00/210L drum


  • Commercial waste                             P300.00/2x2x2m cage

(Currently suspended                       P500.00/>2x2x2m cage

due to inadequate resources)


  • Institutional waste                                      P250.00/load


  • Garden waste/Builders rubble                   P200.00/load
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Treatment and services are offered to patients diagnosed with Tuberculosis.


Care Providers



TB Coordinator

Health Education Assistants

Social Workers

Pharmacy Technician


Who Qualifies

TB patients and their families



TB is diagnosed by sputum, X-Ray, biopsy and FNA (Fine Needle Aspiration). Sputum should be AFB positive for someone who has TB.



Patients are given oral treatment (tablets) and injection. Treatment is given on daily basis i.e patient are observed taking treatment at a health facility by a health worker. A health worker should make sure that the patient has indeed taken medication DOT (Daily Supervised Therapy).




Patients who remain AFB positive at two months and 6 months are referred to TB Specialist at Princess Marina Hospital for further investigation and Management.


Treatment Outcome

 Patients who were AFB positive when starting treatment and convert to AFB Negative at 2 months and six months are cured.

  •  Patient with AFB positive at two months and six months and have treatment reactions are referred to TB Specialist.
  •   Patients who did not provide Sputum initially are categorized as treatment completed.
  •   Patients who defaulted treatment for 21 days or more are defaulters and these receive intensive counseling and re-started on treatment.


Contact Tracing

Families of TB patients are asked or followed at home for TB screening. If they are positive they are put on treatment straight away. Families are also counseled and taught about infection controlled.



Nurse register patients on TB register keep TB Clinic card for recording compliance. The other card is kept by the patient and produces it daily when he/she comes for DOT for recording compliance is also marked in the TB register. At the end of treatment TB register is updated and treatment outcome recorded. TB Coordinator visits health facilities to check and update her TB register from the facility register. The report is then compiled quarterly and sent to Botswana Nation TB Programme at Ministry of Health.



The community is given health education talks about TB in all health facilities. Hey are taught how TB can be transmitted from one person to another. They are advised to seek medical attention when they have signs and symptoms of TB e.g cough for two weeks, night sweats, weight loss. They are advised that TB affect any part of the body.


They are advised that poor compliance can lead to TB which is stubborn to treatment i.e multiple drug resistance TB (MDR) and MDR treatment takes 18-24 months. Advised that good compliance make TB easily treated

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This service is offered at Gamodubu Regional Landfill which is along Gaborone – Molepolole Road. It is about 30 km from Gaborone and 15 km from Molepolole. The landfill receives waste from Gaborone, Tlokweng, Mogoditshane and Molepolole. Waste generated at Letlhakeng Sub District is disposed of at satellite dumping sites.

 b. Type of waste accepted at the landfill

The landfill which is 80 hectares, receives various waste streams and are as follows (with tariffs):





  • Health care waste                                                                                                                    P30.00/kg


  • Pharmaceutical waste   



  • Food animal products (poultry waste, saw dust and yeast)                       P1.00/kg


  • Abattoir sludge                                                                                 P5.00/kg


  • Soil material (to be used as cover material)                                  Free


  • Domestic waste (<1000 kg/1ton)                                 

  Free (for individual only)


  • Domestic waste (>1000 kg/1 ton)                                                        P40.00/ton


  • Commercial/Industrial waste                                                    P40.00/ton


  • Confidential documents                                                             P40.00/ton


  • Garden waste                                                                             P60.00/ton


  • Scrap metal                                                                                P60.00/ton


  • Used tyres                                                                                  P50.00/ton


  • Condemned foodstuffs                                                               P20.00/ton      


The following waste stream is not accepted at the landfill:

§  Construction and Demolition waste (to be disposed of at burrow pits)

§  Hazardous waste (used oil, chemicals, paints etc)



c. Payment

Waste haulers are billed at the end of each month and payments are made at Mogoditshane and Molepolole revenue offices. The client must thereafter submit the receipts at the landfill to show proof that payment was done for respective month. Defaulters are blacklisted after series of reminders.


d. Process

The process at the landfill is as thus:


Step 1: The vehicle stops at the security personnel for registration of individual/company details


Step 2: Waste hauler then proceed to weigh bridge 1 where company name, registration number and type of waste carried, are electronically captured (Gross mass). The vehicle is then informed about the appropriate area to transport such waste.


Step 3: The waste hauler then offload the waste as directed by the worker at respective disposal area.


Step 4: After off loading, the vehicle then proceed to weigh bridge 2 where the tare mass is captured. Print out is then issued to customer upon request.


Step 5: The waste hauler is then signaled to go through the weighbridge and back to departure place.


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