The tussle between resident truck owners of Molapowabojang and the Kanye Administration Authority over the awarding of tenders for works in internal roads is far from over.
The work involves hauling of 3 500 cubic meters of gravel from Lobatse Quarry for spot improvement of three kilometers of internal roads of Molapowabojang at an estimated cost of P123 000.
This week truck owners threatened to block internal roads in the village where hauling of gravel and grading is taking place to show their displeasure at the way the work was awarded. Truck owners allege that while they have adequate equipment and trucks for the work, instead it has been awarded to companies from Kanye. According to KAA the work was advertised for tendering on the Kanye Administrative Authority notice board from October 17, 2018 to October 29, 2018.
The advertisement invited local service providers within the jurisdiction – Molapowabojang, Lerolwane, Segwagwa, Moshaneng and some selected wards found in Kanye including; Kgosing, Ruele and Kgwakgwe –to furnish the Local Authority with quotations for the hire of tipper trucks for hauling of gravel to different locations and provision of a grader vehicle for grading of internal roads in Molapowabojang.
Truck owners however, challenge the way the work was advertised, stating that while it was appropriate to advertise it at the District’s headquarters, it was also necessary for the work to be advertised in the specific area where work was to be done to ensure that locals benefit economically.“There are times that work has been advertised in Kanye, but we have always known because a copy of such would be availed at the Council office here in Molapowabojang, what happened this time around?” quizzed Phenyo Nkakelang, a truck owner.
He believes that this was done to give work to favoured companies from Kanye over Molapowabojang truck owners. “I still believe that it is very unfair to distribute work like this, what happened to the Economic Empowerment Drive, does it not promote local empowerment?” he fumed. Another truck owner, Mothusi Silabo concurs that each time there is work within the Kanye Administrative Authority jurisdiction, it is advertised at the District headquarters, but locals within the jurisdiction are notified as well, but this time around, neither communication, nor advertisements were sent out to these areas.
What surprises Silabo the most is that some of those who won the tender do not have trucks, and even had to hire from locals with trucks. “Some of these people who are working came to hire trucks from us after they won the tender, how do you get awarded work when you do not have equipment?” Silabo quizzed. He strongly believes that work should have been advertised in the kgotla like is always the case. “These people knew the people they wanted to give this work to, and therefore they neglected us locals of Molapowabojang,” Silabo added. Responding to the truck owners’ outbursts, Public Relations Officer at the Kanye Administrative Authority, Kamogelo Molale denied that resident truck owners were not invited to tender.
“The quotation was open to all Kanye Administrative Authority’s service providers, including those in Molapowabojang,” he said. He explained that the quotation was advertised as per Local Authorities Procurement and Asset Disposal Regulation 31-Open Domestic Bidding for companies or individuals located within jurisdiction of Kanye Administrative Authority.
“We received five responses which underwent evaluation process and were later sent to Adjudication Committee for consideration. Since there were only five responses, meaning five tipper trucks, all the companies were approved to share the work,” Molale explained. The five companies that have been awarded the work are; Hase Projects at P33.95/m3, Ofentse Rogy Garogwe at P34.50/m3, Zeyheri Holdings at P35.84/m3, Maano Alma Mabille at P35/m3 and Service for You (Pty) Ltd at P30/m3. The work is expected to be completed by March 31, 2019.
NEW AGE POLITICIAN
Botswana Democratic Party’s Parliamentary candidate for Kanye North Constituency Thapelo Letsholo advises his constituents to go for youthful competence, result-oriented representation and shun the outdated and usual political rhetoric.
If elected, his main objective will be to turn Kanye North into a progressive and result-oriented constituency. He will achieve this through unifying all levels of government with the goals of his people. Letsholo brings vast experience in business, retail management, communications and strategy having served corporate entities that have international reach.
He is confident that his professional expertise, particularly in strategy development, brand positioning and corporate reputation management, puts him in a prime position to be entrusted with effectively articulating and interrogating possible solutions to challenges faced by the constituency and the country at large.
Kanye North constituency needs new age representation that is in tune with the needs and aspirations of the current and future Kanye North voter. “That is exactly what I distinctively bring to the constituency. My intention is to consistently and continuously be available to all constituents, predominantly in person through such forums as dikgotla.
“However, across various interactions with the residents of Kanye North, we are in agreement that there is need for more communication platforms that will form additional contact points with the Member of Parliament (MP).“I therefore have an ambition to set up a call centre and develop a mobile application that all, especially the younger generation, can utilise to communicate with their MP and inform him of such areas that need his attention,” he says.
He will interrogate and positively confront all answers given by different ministries, departments and service providers for service lapses and challenges facing the constituency so that there can be increased urgency, vigour and adherence to timelines for service delivery and promised projects in the constituency. Some of these projects include the long standing water problem, Kgomokasitwa/Tshweneyagae Road, a sports stadium, youth unemployment and transforming the main hospital in Kanye into a more efficient and effective health care centre.
Confirming that a challenge exists by civil servants at Kgotla meetings can no longer be accepted as an appropriate and accepted response to the problem. “I am going to continuously and consistently agitate for clearly defined deliverables on how the specific challenges will be overcome as well as strict adherence to the associated timelines,” he says.
Q. You mention some challenges that have long existed. What will set you apart from MPs that came before you?
A. I believe in the philosophy of collective thinking. I don’t wish to present myself as a sole solution provider, and I don’t intend to mislead my constituents by offering and presenting myself as such.
Q. Women representation in political office has been a great challenge. What is your view on this?
A. The issue of women representation in politics in particular is very broad and has less to do with women’s capability but more to do with mistaken societal attitudes towards women’s ability to lead in general. This negative view should be tackled from the boardrooms through to politics. We need to emphasize equal opportunity and ensure gender balance across board. Throughout my tenure in business, I have fully appreciated the tremendous capability of women, to the extent that in most of the businesses I have been associated with, the majority of employees have been women and held leadership positions in the different divisions.
Q. What is your view on corruption and institutions put in place to fight it?
A. Corruption is a sign of a society whose moral values have been eroded over time. Therefore the sustainable solution is to take a long-term view to reverse the current decay.
At policy level, there is need to reconfigure the reporting structure of institutions charged with the responsibility of preventing corruption. There is opportunity for the institutions to report directly to Parliament, with the Heads of those institutions also appointed by a committee of Parliament. Their recruitment ought to be public and transparent, and their credentials, integrity and fitness to hold public office publicly interrogated. Their term of office could also be fixed to a specific period and non-renewable, such that their continued deployment is not at the pleasure of the appointing authority.
Q. There has been a general problem of youth unemployment, how are you prepared to address it?
A. Kanye North has a significant population of young people with big dreams, enormous ambitions and incredible aspirations. I have a real interest in working collaboratively with the youth, through continuous engagement with them and other stakeholders, to make the dreams of our young people a reality.
Moreover, the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has committed to enable thousands of jobs mainly targeted at the youth, in the arts, creative and entertainment sector. To bring this to life, we have a strong ambition to work with the private sector to create Botswana’s first Television Production Incubation Centre in Kanye to give our local talent the opportunity to produce content initially for Botswana Television but ultimately for international consumption.
The fully equipped Incubation Centre will provide the necessary equipment, guidance and execution of various concepts proposed by creatives. This concept has not only already been developed for Botswana, but has also already tested in various other countries such as Nigeria and Kenya, resulting in the creation of jobs for the youth
Q. Given your acknowledgement of the magnitude of youth unemployment, as a successful businessman what have you done to alleviate the problem?
A. I am a passionate entrepreneur and a business leader. The companies that I have established permanently employ over 27 young people, mostly below the age of 30. My commitment to enabling and facilitating the development of our exciting and emerging talent is relentless.
Q. Noting that entrepreneurship is an alternative to solving youth unemployment, how do you intend to support those in this pursuit?
A. Given the limited opportunities in Botswana as a relatively small population but abundance of talent and skills, there is need to take a new approach towards starting and growing businesses. There is tremendous wisdom in the adage “moroto wa esi ga o ele” and that “noka e tlatswa ke melatswana”. The youth should embrace merging of different skills and talents as opposed to working in silos in turning gaps identified in the economy into viable business opportunities.
There is greater value in five individuals coming together and setting up a business and reaching out to a client as a service provider, as opposed to five individuals approaching the same client and competing amongst themselves.
Q. Education results have been declining throughout the country, how are you going to address the low pass rates?
A. Rather than teach children so that they can pass exams, the school system should be enabling learners to collaborate with each other, identify their strengths and setting them up for lifelong learning.
This approach will motivate and inspire learners to take ownership of their own learning in a motivated manner and consequently reduce apathy in their studies. In realization of the above, the BDP has also committed to an overhaul and modernization of the school curriculum, to enable us to respond to the needs of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It has further committed to the establishment of a skills fund aimed at retooling our graduates for the current job market.
Boko has failed his constituency – Mokgethi
Botswana Democratic Party Parliamentary hopeful for Gaborone Bonnington North Annah Mokgethi says area Member of Parliament failed to utilise the P10million constituency Development Fund to develop the constituency.
Every year government allocates P10 million to each of the 57 constituencies for developments under the ministry of local government and rural development and councils coordinate the projects. Mokgethi told the media in Gaborone on Tuesday that UDC president who is also area MP, Duma Boko was supposed to have pushed for projects to be done in the constituency.“As we speak there is nothing but the constituency has been having an MP and councillors in the past five years. “Crime is high in the area because there are no streetlights in most of our roads. Our people are attacked under the cover of darkness. Our roads are still dusty but you take our neighbouring constituencies they have paved the roads using these funds.
“We are behind because our MP has neglected the constituency ever since he was voted into office. There is nothing that he can show as a development he advocated for under the fund,” she said.
Mokgethi, a lawyer by profession, will be launched this coming Sunday by President Mokgweetsi Masisi.
Since its inception in 2017 the fund has been marred by controversy as MPs argued that they are not being taken on board in the projects.Vice President Slumber Tsogwane who at the time was local government minister, said it was wrong for council secretaries to snub MPs when councils consult residents on developments to do with the fund.
Mokgethi told the media that representation is about service. She said she is willing to represent the people of Bonnington North. “The people of this constituency are yearning for representation. They need a representative who will have enough time on his/her hands to attend to their needs and interests. Someone who will have an ear inclined to their needs,” she stated.
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