Phikwe turns to agriculture as hope dims

SELEBI-PHIKWE: SPEDU and the local authority are redoubling their efforts to establish Selebi-Phikwe as an agricultural hub, with 1,300 hectares set aside for farming within the town’s planning area.

The Agency has also secured a quota of the water that was used by BCL Mine, to be repurposed for a large-scale citrus project in the former copper and nickel mining town. Under the SPEDU tax incentive, which came into effect in February, agriculture has been set aside as a qualifying sector, with companies eligible for just five percent in tax for the first five years of operation, and 10% thereafter.

Acting mayor Evelyn Kgodungwe said design works are well underway and various parties are working closely with the Ministry of Land, Water and Sanitation Management to service the land. “The scope of the work is also underway while servicing of this land is scheduled to commence during the first quarter of 2019-2020 financial year,” Kgodungwe said on Wednesday at a signing ceremony for an MoU between SPEDU and the Ministry of Agriculture Development and Food Security.

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Something ought to be done about deadly A3 Road

The accident which happened near Marapong village comes after yet another horrific accident which claimed 16 lives in July last year near Hubona. These stats don’t include other accidents where fatalities were not as many as the two.While several factors may have contributed to the two accidents and many others, many believe the biggest with that road is the bad state that the road is in. Unconfirmed reports in the most recent accident state...

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