And in a decentralisation effort aimed at easing pressure from the Bobirwa sub-district, the government has also approved the establishment of Mmadinare as a sub-district.
But these developments have not happened without a hitch. Briefing Babirwa recently, Kgathi said the people of Semolale have protested the decision to make Gobojango a service centre at the expense of their village, arguing that Gobojango already has many services like police barracks, the Mmamabaka boarder post and a doctor.
Bobirwa has witnessed an unprecedented rate of economic development, including electrification, over the past three years. Major services, including shopping and banking, are now available in Bobonong.
Lack of such facilities used to frustrate people here, especially at month end when public officers left their stations to travel to Selebi-Phikwe for banking and shopping. "Today they have no excuse," Kgathi said.
The completion of Mosu Bridge, the on-going commencement of the construction of Motloutse Bridge near Motlhabaneng, and the establishment of Kitsong Centre at the Bobonong Post Office, are some of the major projects that have come to Bobirwa in the last few years.
The construction of Mmamabaka borderpost in Gobojango to link Botswana with Zimbabwe has been completed on the Botswana side. The borderpost is aimed at immigration control between the two countries and address the issue of border jumping by Zimbabweans fleeing hunger and political repression in their country.
"Unless President Robert Mugabe and the opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai iron out their differences, we will remain hamstrung this side," said Kgathi.
The construction of the 20-kilometre long Bobonong internal roads is in the pipeline. The tender for the design and identification of routes was awarded in August last year and completed in October. The tender for the upgrading of certain internal roads to bitumen standard is under evaluation and supervising consultants are soon to be appointed.
Meetings for the expropriation of affected plots were held last November while assessment was also done in November.
The streetlight component of the project was not included in the initial tender, but will be considered at a later stage. Kgathi said assessment was not completed because some of the affected plot owners were not available.
Construction of the Bobonong-Tsetsebjwe Road
has been deferred to the 2010/2011 financial year because of current unfavourable economic factors. But Kgathi points out an oddness in the fact that the project's supervising engineers have been appointed while the project itself has been deferred. "We must therefore, argue for its reinstatement," he said.
The project for the Thune River Bridge was awarded to Sladden International in December 2008. Construction of the Mosu River Bridge was effectively completed on December 6 and final inspection done on December 18. The Ministry of Works and Transport is undertaking the construction of Motloutse River Bridge at Motlhabaneng to improve easy access between settlements in the area. The project consists of the upgrading of Bailey Bridge to two lanes in order to accommodate more traffic. Remaining funds are earmarked for the installation of five culverts at Lentswe-le-Moriti.
The fencing off of the Bobonong-Lekkerpoort Road is underway after the conclusion of an environmental impact assessment (EIA). The proposed fencing off of the Bobonong-Sefophe Road is at tender stage, but bush clearing along the same road is 95 percent complete. Bush clearing of the Bobonong-Gobojango-Mabolwe Road is 78 percent complete and is expected to be finished by the end of this month.
The government has extended its rural electrification project to Mothabaneng, Tshokwe and Mabolwe. In Mothabaneng, distribution has been completed and people are already applying for private connections.
Electrification of Lentswe-le-Moriti Village has been stalled due to administrative problems there, resulting in the funds being diverted to the electrification of Tshokwe. "The council intends to electrify all its facilities in these villages in order to improve both the living and working conditions of the people," said Kgathi.
The design for the expansion of the Rural Administration Centre in Bobonong is only awaiting the appointment of consultants. The expansion itself is planned to commence during the 2009/2010 financial year, though the council is faced with the problem of space.
Construction of a government food relief warehouse in Bobonong, which had been planned for the current financial year, has been deferred to 2010/2011 owing to the current financial crisis. Meanwhile, the council is undertaking maintenance for 20 staff houses at Zone 4 and Lepokole market stalls.