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The current weather predicaments are a signal that the country is heading towards a severe drought.

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Slumber Tsogwane, said this when addressing a kgotla meeting in Tlokweng on Tuesday. He said lack of rain, drying of dams and heat wave signaled that the country was in for a tough year.

Mr Tsogwane said animals were beginning to feel effects of the situation, adding that underground water was also affected. Nonetheless, the minister said government had come up with the Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP) to stimulate the economy, accelerate job creation and promote economic diversification. He said the ESP would support the Economic Diversification Drive (EED) adding that materials used under ESP should be sought locally. Mr Tsogwane said this would in turn create new jobs and sustain the existing ones.

During comments, residents asked if the existing water shortage would not affect implementation of ESP. Others decried shortage of court bailiffs at their customary court and also called for stiffer bye-law penalties for bars which played loud instruments. For his part, South East District Council secretary, Mr Goleba Kgari, said the council wwould ensure that contactors who win ESP tenders had remedy for water shortage. Furthermore, Mr Kgari said the council had increased its penalty charge for playing loud music from P500 to P2 000.

However, the council secretary said the fee did not seem to be deterrent enough. Kgosi Puso of Batlokwa said they had experienced high numbers of people settling in the village due to its proximity to Gaborone.

He said this had led to congestion when seeking for services as well as grievance brought before their courts despite. (BOPA)

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