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Botswana: Another Hospital for Tutume

Posted on : Wednesday, 23rd December 2015

Tutume — A 70-bed hospital will be built in Tutume to relieve the current primary hospital.

Addressing a kgotla meeting at Magapatona in Tutume recently, Nkange MP, Mr Edwin Batshu said Tutume was one of the areas that would receive infrastructure development during the Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP) roll-out.
He said, among projects to be under-taken through ESP, was construction of the hospital, internal roads and land servicing for 1 400 plots at Magapatona ward.
Mr Batshu, also Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, implored residents to welcome the developments, adding that it was not possible to meet all their requests.
On other things, Mr Batshu informed the residents that the passenger train was returning next year April, but, unlike in the past, there would be changes to the stations where it would stop.
He noted that it was only going to stop at six stations being; Francistown, Gaborone, Palapye, Mahalapye, Lobatse and Serule.
Appreciating the developments coming with ESP, the residents noted that there was often a problem of implementation of government projects and as such they appealed to government to tighten screws.
He said many of the projects had failed to be completed because those who were supposed to supervise the works preferred to be stationed in their offices instead of checking progress at the sites.
A resident, Mr Moyonchena Ncholo said making inspections on the last stages of the project also led to substandard work because realising a mistake at finishing stage usually resulted in people getting reluctant to re-do the work to perfection.
He said it was imperative that supervisors should be put to task to see to it that they accounted for everything, which happened on the projects.
As a result, projects would be completed on time hence saving government a lot of money.
He further appealed to the government to make sure that they improved on communication strategy so that Batswana could be up to date with issues happening in their respective areas instead of having situations in which communication will be done on request, particularly at times when things have gone wrong.

Source : allafrica.com
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