The deafening cry which has swept Botswana over the unfortunate situation of selling of plots, especially by the youth immediately after they are allocated plots was edified during Independence Day through drama in Tloaneng, a small village between Gabane and Mmankgodi.
The Babina Tshwene Drama Group depicted the life of a young man, Thapelo who sold his plot to a well off man from Gaborone. After selling the plot, Thapelo bought himself an Altezzar car. Being his first time to pocket tens of thousands of Pula, Thapelo went berserk; the experience of owning his first car only worsened his lifestyle as he nolonger paid attention to his siblings.
“There were times we did not know your whereabouts for days. I remember one day when you left me without a word of farewell after I asked you to help me with bus fee which I desperately needed. It would make a difference in my life…” said his sister, Onneile, as she supported the now disabled Thapelo to the clinic. He had had a car crash that left his car a right-off.
The now hopeless Thapelo, who no longer had any strength he used to have in the past, soon wetted his trousers and further messed them. The sister then reminds Thapelo between tears; while also fanning herself to reduce the stink from the sibling that the day he had a car crash, she could not sleep well.
On that fateful night, she heard the loud noise of a car and could immediately tell that it was his car. The other occupants of the Altezza, three in number, died on the spot…
In a brief interview just after the play, the group’s Coordinator, Gaone Kgafela, said they came up with the idea to act that play after realising that indeed the problem of selling plots was a cause for concern. Estimating, she said out of the 100 residential plots that were allocated from last year to date, 80 have been sold off.
“What they do not know is that the plots can be leased out so that after some time the plot can be yours again. When they are allocated plots and do not have the means of developing them, the youth in the peripheries of Gaborone end up selling them. This leaves them poor as money does not last long. They do not save it,” said Kgafela.
Her sentiments were echoed by the village Kgosi, who reiterated that the land selling problem is cause for serious concern.