Speed up land distribution now

Shortage of serviced land for residential plots continues to dominate public discussion on the country’s economic performance. People are frustrated at the slow pace at which land is being distributed in urban areas, as confirmed by recent petitions to the Ministry of Lands and Housing, as well as court cases in which the applicants demanding to be given land.

The number of applicants for residential plots, we are told, has exceeded the population.

This creates a bad image of the authorities charged with this mandate. It is inconceivable that in this age of information technology, officers in Land Boards still do their records manually, and therefore are unable to easily detect land speculators and multiple times applicants.

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Happy Independence!

We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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