'Develop Mogoditshane into a township'

An areal view of Mogoditshane
An areal view of Mogoditshane

MOGODITSHANE: As population growth outpaces expansion of urban land consumption, the call for the government to develop Mogoditshane village in the Kweneng district into a township has once again resurfaced.

Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Tumiso Rakgare this week stressed that it is time Mogoditshane becomes a township with its own mayor. Capital city Gaborone is connected to villages like Mogoditshane therefore, the speed and scale of urbanisation has brought many challenges. With most people moving to the city to find jobs, this has forced Mogoditshane as an urban settlement to meet accelerated demand for affordable housing, well connected transport systems, and other infrastructure. Mogoditshane, which borders Gaborone, faces challenges in meeting the needs of the growing urban populations, something that Rakgare agrees with.

Rakgare feels that the decentralisation policy, which the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kgotla Autlwetse revealed is on the pipeline, should also reach villages like Mogoditshane. He asked Autlwetse who was presenting his ministry’s request for funds to help with the aim of developing Mogoditshane into a township. Rakgare said by doing so, part of the burden will be removed from villages like Thamaga, Kumakwane and Takatokwane. “Curtains should close down on this issue.

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