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BORAVAST ESP projects launched
11/07/16
BORAVAST ESP projects launched Through the recent back to back ground breakings for ESP projects, the Ministry of local Government and Rural Development recently launched projects in Bokspits and Struizendam in the Kgalagadi District. The projects included a block of classrooms in Bokspits and five Tribal Administration offices in Strueizendam.   

BORAVAST ESP projects launched

Through the recent back to back ground breakings for ESP projects, the Ministry of local Government and Rural Development recently launched projects in Bokspits and Struizendam in the Kgalagadi District. The projects included a block of classrooms in Bokspits and five Tribal Administration offices in Strueizendam.   

When giving her opening remarks the Bokspits Chief, Kgosi Emang Morerwa could not hide her happiness explaining that these new developments in her village have given her and the community assurance that indeed ESP is bearing fruits. She said that as Bokspits residents they had thought the Government had forgotten about them since they are at the very far end of the country hence being included on ESP projects was a sign that they have not been forgotten. She therefore appreciated all the developments made thus far, explaining that the ESP projects help to put them back on the Botswana map. She however advised that the government should take into consideration Tribal Administration in Bokspits which she says needs special attention in terms of offices and staff accommodation.

Unlike all the ESP projects that have been launched so far, the Strueizendam Tribal Admin project which includes offices, ablution and a conference room were all at the roofing level. The Strueizendam Chief also explained that the offices have helped uplift the face of his village, explaining that the conference room mostly is one development that has been long needed in the area for meetings. According to the Chief, initially they were supposed to build a holding cell, but with the Bokspits police nearby they decided the holding cell was not much of a priority when compared to the conference room.

With the idea of boosting the economy by spreading these ESP projects across the country, it is expected that at every village or district where these projects are made, the livelihoods of Batswana will also be changed for the better as they are given employment opportunities, both the contractors and the workers whom they employ.

When giving her speech during the BORAVAST (Bokspits, Rapplespan, Vaalhoek and Struizendam) launch, the Deputy Permanent Secretary - Technical Services Ms Halakangwa Mbulai advised residents especially the youth of Kgalagadi area to make use of these opportunities as presented to them by the government to improve their lives.

These two projects which have been awarded to 3 small contractors in Kgalagadi District have so far employed 31 employees, also with the help of Ipelegeng officers. The projects started in April this year and were funded at a tune of P1.2 million and are awaiting materials to finish up the projects. It is expected that the projects will be completed and officially handed over by August this year. 

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