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Gaborone council eases backlog at Khuduga

Gaborone City Council Mayor, Mr Kagiso Thutlwe says this year’s backlog eradication under Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP) is undertaken at Khuduga Primary School at an approved amount of P15.9 million.

Addressing Full Council, Mayor Thutlwe said tenders for construction of three-storey teachers’ flats, classrooms and ablution block are at evaluation stage waiting to be awarded citing that they have taken longer than anticipated.

Mayor Thutlwe said  while it is customary to focus on the non-performance of contractors, this time around the blame is on the GCC regarding delays in implementing this project.

He urged the administrative section to put more time and effort in completing the evaluation process and award the tenders, as such he said that delays were unacceptable.

On environmental issues, he said the council continued to ensure that the environment was healthy for all and despite the frequent breakdowns of refuse compactors, waste collection rate is satisfactory in most areas in the city.

Mayor Thutlwe noted that tenders for waste collection at Gaborone West Phase 1, Tsholofelo Extension and Babusi area were awarded on October 24, adding that although not all have already signed contracts with GCC, they were hopeful that soon waste management services in the three areas would be provided by private companies who would strive to offer the council value for money.

“Another issue of great concern was dead dogs that are found lying on the street,” he said, adding that generally people do own dogs and once those dogs die on the streets, they seem to lose ownership.

On another issue, the mayor told councillors that in line with the Gaborone City Council partnership with Vasteras Municipality in Sweden, a delegation led by former Vasteras Mayer visited Gaborone from November 27-30 this year for their annual consultation.

He said a pilot project was planned for Block 3 and the Swedes were providing technical input, while all the funding requirements were met by the implementing partner, who is GCC. The project, which is known as ‘Waste Not’ was launched on June 7 at Block 3.

The Mayor told the council that recycling of waste diverts reusable material from the landfills and brings them back for reuse, therefore saving the environment from pollution while at the same time preserving nature. He also encouraged all to embrace recycling of waste.

On the issue of social safety nets, the mayor said   the council continued to register new cases yet there was no graduation of beneficiaries from destitution. 

He also encouraged community members to take good care of their health because staying physically active could help prevent or delay certain diseases such as cancers, heart disease, diabetes and also reduce depression. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Goweditswe Kome

Location : GABORONE

Event : Council Meeting

Date : Dec 06 Wed,2017

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