SELEBI-PHIKWE: The Selebi-Phikwe Town Council (SPTC) has been awarded a certificate of recognition for its stewardship in environmental health and protection.
The Association of Environmental Health Officers, in recognition of its passion for a clean and green environment, issued the award.
The announcement was made during a full council meeting where it was also said that June has been declared an environment month in which more efforts are dedicated to cleaning of the town.
The extensive cleaning of the town is expected to commence at the beginning of next month until the end of the month. The cleaning will take place in all the 14 political wards and as such it is expected that civic leaders will take the lead in this year's clean up.
The cleanest ward and constituency will be awarded prizes to motivate and cultivate the spirit of cleanliness.
Mayor, Amogelang Mojuta, urged the community to adopt the clean and green city initiative so that Selebi-Phikwe can be known as the greenest town of Botswana.
The national commemoration of Keep Botswana Clean Day and World Environmental Day will be held in Lobatse on June 5 under the theme "Best Environmental Practices in Development".
The council has been invited to attend this commemoration. However, the local commemoration is scheduled for the end of June after the community has effectively cleaned the town.
Meanwhile the town mayor expressed worry over the acts of vandalism of streetlight cables and circuit breakers in various areas of the town.
It has been established that this problem is rampant in areas like Phase 1 and Phase2 where cables are pulled off with impunity for the purpose of sale to the scrap yards.
Mojuta said this is a serious setback since the council funds, which could
Another issue of concern is the frequent cutting of underground cables by construction companies particularly in the 'Western' area. So far, about 70 street poles along SADC, Machel and Boswelakgomo streets have been rendered non-operational due to disturbance of electric cables during excavation.
Mojuta has pleaded with construction companies to exercise some caution to ensure minimum disturbance to other facilities and in cases where interruptions have occurred council should be notified immediately.
Currently the council's illumination level stands at 94.8 percent and the Mayor said they are doing all they can to reach the 100 percent target. As a temporary cost saving measure, the council has decided to suspend service of streetlights in undeveloped areas until such areas are occupied. This is necessary to devote maximum attention to areas where there is human occupation and ensure a safe life.
Meanwhile, the town council has from the beginning of April embarked on vegetation control within the town roads reserves. The purpose of the exercise is to improve road safety and general cleanliness of the town.
A total of 45 kilometres of road has so far been cleared. This has created about 250 jobs under the labour intensive public works programme. Despite all these efforts some residents continue to indiscriminately dispose of waste in areas that have been cleared.
Due to heavy rains that were received during the beginning of the year, vegetation cover of the town has increased significantly hence the public is warned to be cautious to avoid fire outbreaks.