Batlokwa call for action

Trucks carrying goods at Tlokweng border post
Trucks carrying goods at Tlokweng border post

Lack of internal tarred roads within Tlokweng village is hindering access to better services, residents told area MP Same Bathobakae during a kgotla meeting over the weekend.

Among their many grievances residents of Lenganeng and Mmaratanang said it had been months since they paid the required P700 for Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) to service their sewerage systems but it had failed because of poor roads.

One Seno Gaositege said the situation became even worse when it rained because at times they were forced to park their smaller cars away from their homes. “We have asked council to repair two culverts between Lenganeng and Mmaratanang but it seems it’s taking longer than expected. Is there anything that the council can do to attend to our sewerage lines since Water utilities seem to be failing?” asked Gaositege.

She pleaded with area councillor Mmolaadira Lopang to attend to the culverts. 

However councillor Lopang said he had talked to council to pave internal roads on those two roads and money had been allocated for the two culverts.

“I know paving is not solving the problem because the soil is sandy and some cars do get stuck during rainy times. I hope our roads will be included in this financial year,” Lopang said.

He said council had written to the Ministry of Transport asking that some roads in those two wards  be connected to Zeerust road.

He said WUC had taken sewerage services from council and there was nothing council could do about the sewerage system. However he concurred access would be easier for WUC if the two roads were connected to Zeerust road.

The other thing that the councillor also complained about was lack of a senior school in the village.

He said students from Tlokweng continued to attend school in other villages and towns, yet government continued to postpone building a senior secondary school in Tlokweng.

“I think we are being disadvantaged because we are nearer to Gaborone. This is not fair at all because children are forced to travel long distance.”

He added that it was not always easy for parents to find transport fare for their children.

“Tlokweng is a big village and should like other villages of its status have a senior school,” he said.

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