The Minister of Roads, transport and Communication, Frank Ramsden, led a group of luminaries in a ground breaking ceremony in Old Naledi.
The tradition of empathy towards each other was once again evident on Friday afternoon as they gathered from their different disciplines, including the Department of Roads, Botswana Telecommunications Corporation, Botswana Post, Botswana Training Authority, the media at large and the former Miss Botswana Director, Ms Daisy Motsoma.
Ramsden was breaking ground for the construction of a house for 79-year-old Mmagasebeng Molebatsi to be constructed in her yard at Old Naledi.
“It is very heart-warming to see that Batswana are indeed putting in work to achieve the pillars of Vision 2016; today I am witnessing two in progress; ‘A compassionate, just and caring nation’ and ‘A united and proud nation’ which is the reason why we are all gathered here today,” said Ramsden.
The house under construction is a gift mainly from the Ministry of Roads, Transport and Communications and is spearheaded by the Department of Roads.
In his welcome remarks, Kgosi Kooitsiwe, who was also present at the event, acknowledged that the people of Old Naledi are very fortunate even though sometimes they themselves do not acknowledge that luck enough.
“This is the third time for an event like this to take place in this neighbourhood as a contribution towards the realisation of Vision 2016,” he remarked.
Kooitsiwe urged Batswana who have the means to keep up the spirit of helping those less fortunate than themselves instead of shunning them. He went on to encourage everybody present to contribute whatever they could towards the completion of the project.
Ramsden advised Miss Molebatsi, who has not been fortunate enough to have children in her 72 years and who seems to be estranged from any other family, to cooperate with the team and assist them wherever possible saying that it will speed up the project if she is forthcoming with whatever is needed from her.