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Gumare post office opens
Gumare post office opens
Gumare post office opens

The chief executive officer of Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA), Mr Thari Pheko, has officially opened Gumare post office, which was built at a cost of P2.6 million.

Speaking at the ceremony, which also marked the World Post day commemoration, Mr Pheko said BotswanaPost remained a preferred service provider in rural communities. He said it had become a contact point for disbursement of social grants for the elderly and payments for council workers.

Mr Pheko said the Department of Road Transport and Safety (DRTS) recently took its services to the post and that assisted rural communities not to travel long distances to access such services in the major centres.He said 50 000 Batswana already had benefited from using the DRTS services through BotswanaPost since its inception.

He said the new state of the art post office incorporated a Kitsong Centre, as they strived to bridge the digital divide between the urban and rural communities through internet connectivity.

“This post office building has enhanced security, spacious banking hall, with a provision for a banking facility and an Automatic Teller Machine,” he noted. He urged Gumare residents to take care of the post office and said that as he handed it over, he believed that the leadership would treat it as a gem and fully use the services.

Mr Pheko explained that Gumare post office was one of the three post offices recently built by BotswanaPost, assisted by government, with the other two opened in last two months in Hukuntsi and Letlhakeng.

“As posts around the world are diversifying their products, to meet customer’s needs, BotswanaPost has taken heed of this global trend and has started the transformation journey,” he said. “Therefore it has adopted an ambitious goal of being a P500 million revenue company by 2016.”

The MP for Ngamiland, Mr Taolo Habano, thanked Botswana Post for such an incredible masterpiece and he noted that the opening of the post office indicates that Okavango Sub-District is now becoming a business centre, as recently a new tarred road and bus rank were handed over.

However he urged the youth and villagers to use the postal services as well as the Kitsong centre to communicate and research in order to expand their capabilities.

On another note, Mr Habano urged the villagers to treasure the post office and should not vandalise it. Ends