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Kgalagadi residents concerns addressed
25/10/16
Kgalagadi residents concerns addressed The Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Frans Solomon Van Der Westhuizen has recently held Kgotla meetings in Kokotsha, Hereford (Bray), Werda, Makopong, Draihoek and Kisa to address some of their issues and finding a way forward to better their lives.

Kgalagadi residents concerns addressed

The Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Frans Solomon Van Der Westhuizen has recently held Kgotla meetings in Kokotsha, Hereford (Bray), Werda, Makopong, Draihoek and Kisa to address some of their issues and finding a way forward to better their lives.

One of the burning issues raised by the residents of the above mentioned was shortage of staff accommodation which they explained that adds to the issue of poor service delivery. When responding to this the Assistant Minister assured the residents that since the launch of ESP there will be a vast of projects which will be done across the country, including staff housing hence the need to be patient about it as it is the only the first year of three years that has been. He explained that even if their villages are not featured in the ESP next year there is also the National Development Plan which has projects lined up for each Districts to be done. Hon Westhuizen also explained through ESP one hundred and one (101) Tribal houses will be built across the country hence he believes this will address the existing problem of lack of staff accommodation nationwide.

Another burning issue raised which was said to have left residents in confusion is that of the Electronic Voting Machine the International Electoral Commission in Botswana has now introduced to be used during the upcoming 2019 elections. Hon Wethuizen assured residents that the introduction of the voting machine is not meant to cause any harm or confusion. He said the machine is very efficient in the electoral process, and will help save time as compared to the voting and reading votes manually. The machine has been used by other countries like Namibia.

Residents however acknowledged the efforts the government has put in place to try and eradicate poverty in their lives. They applauded the Presidential Destitute Housing Appeal and the Ipelegeng programme amongst others, explaining that these programmes have changed their lives for the better.

In closing Honourable Frans Solomon Van Der Westhuizen advised the residents to take advantage of government programmes as they are meant to better their lives He also explained that not only will these projects change their lives but they will also help develop the country. He assured them that the government will continue assisting Batswana to better their livelihoods.

The Assistant Minister also had a chance to meet with the Heads of Departments. He acknowledged the vastness of their area of jurisdiction, and urged them not to be discouraged even when it seems like things are not going according to their expectations. He applauded them for their daily efforts, and encouraged them to keep on being proactive when addressing the needs of people including those of their staff.

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