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Gaolathe ventures into alternative community based infrastructure development

Ndaba Gaolathe seek to establish short term infrastructure for his constituency 

Member of Parliament for Gaborone Bonnington South, Ndaba Gaolathe, this week, called a consultative forum comprising of engineers in various specialisation in the field, with the objective of offering short term solutions regarding infrastructure development in the constituency.


The forum, which is apolitical and strictly made up of engineers in various fields including civil engineers, electrical engineers, hydro geologists  and telecommunication engineers among others, met on  Monday this week to brainstorm on all possible solution for infrastructural shortcomings in Bonnington South constituency.


Recently, some parts of Gaborone were badly affected by flooding water following the heavy rains, causing damage to a number of homes as flooding water found its way into residences due to an inadequate drainage system. The first task of the consultative forum was to appoint a task team made of engineers to visit the affected area within a few days and offer alternative, cheaper short term solutions.

After cheaper and short term solutions are provided in the feedback report, the project will then be financed through sponsored partnerships or through the constituency funds to be set-up by and funded by residents of the constituency.


Gaolathe also proposes to establish a simple internet access point where young entrepreneurs will be able to access internet for free to advance their business activities. A task team made up of telecommunication engineers will also be set-up to brainstorm and offer alternatives doing it as opposed to the current internet access provided by telecommunication companies.

Gaolathe is of the firm belief that access to internet should be improved since its essential for business transactions in today’s world. Gaolathe who recently visited Kenya, says he came back home jealous because their internet access in various points including airports, restaurants and shopping malls, is up to scratch, noting that Botswana should consider doing the same.


Availing internet access is also meant to help those who want to pursue further studies online. He revealed to the team that with the world increasingly becoming technologically advanced, internet has proven to be the most efficient tool to have.

There are concerns that currently, internet access and availability is still a luxury in Botswana. The most notable providers of internet in Botswana are mobile carriers like Mascom Wireless, Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) and Orange.   


Gaolathe will also have other various teams comprising of teachers, health professional and others who just like the engineers will serve as advisors to him as the MP and offer all possible short term problems related to those various disciplines.


Gaolathe, who is also Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) President and Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) Secretary General, says the advisory committees will serve as the principal guiders of his contribution in Parliament.


The MP also wants the constituency to fully exploit all available avenues for economic benefits. A place in Kgale Hill where The No.1 Ladies’ Detective was filmed has also been mentioned as having potential to be revived for further economic benefits and arts development for the constituency. Gaolathe feels it does not make economic sense, after an investment of P30 million into the projected, to let its buildings dilapidate.

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