The newly elected Member of Parliament for Kanye North, Thapelo Letsholo, is worried man that sports development is not going as per schedule.
Letsholo has asked the Minster of Youth, Sport and Culture Development, Tumiso Rakgare, to explain what is stalling the long overdue Kanye Stadium.
He wants Rakgare to state the scope of the facility and key delivery status.
During his state of the nation address, President Mokgweetsi Masisi assured the nation that government continues to develop sport infrastructure across the country to promote participation in sports and recreation. “A project aimed at providing basic sporting facilities to the rural and semi-urban communities where there is shortage of such facilities is currently underway,” said the President..
The project is being implemented in the following localities; Bobonong, Goodhope, Kanye, Kasane, Mmadinare, Moshupa, Rakops, Tonota, Tsabong and Tutume” Masisi told the nation. Over Fifty million Pula (P50 million) has been allocated for the ten (10) projects, and it is expected that during construction jobs will be created in all the localities.
Letsholo also wanted the minster to tell parliament what promoted the option of the stadium versus a sports complex as in other major villages in Botswana. Lobatse Masunga, Maun, Molepolole and Serowe are some of the major villages with sports complexes.
The legislator also wanted the minster to tell the nation what has caused the delay to contract the stadium. Though Letsholo wants the stadium to be constructed in Kanye, it has emerged that the sports complexes across the country are underutilized. The sport complexes across the country were built with the hope to develop sport across the country and to provide conducive environment for all to use similar facilities in all competitions. The sports complexes house various sporting codes from football, softball, long tennis, basketball and netball. Sport is seen as one vehicle that can be used to diversify the economy.