The Ministry of Environment Wildlife and Tourism (MEWT), in conjunction with the Gaborone City Council, has launched community service day project in Bontleng community.
This development has come following the directive by the President that each ministry or government department should reserve a day every month for community service.
Officially launching the project, the Permanent Secretary, Samuel Rathedi, said this project is worthwhile as it will bring the ministry close to the communities as well as try to fight poverty in the country. The official launch saw the demarcation of the area that will be planted and fence poles being erected. Rathedi said the fencing process is expected to be done next year January, then the planting will commence.
Rathedi said this project is expected to be of great benefit to the destitute in the area.
“Through this project, we expect the needy from this community to benefit and they are free to produce for resale and reserve some for their own consumption,” he said. He revealed that it’s not everyone who is going to benefit from this project but those who have already been identified by the City Council.
“We have engaged in this small project because of the little time but next year we will engage in bigger projects, which will be of great benefit to the people,” he said.
Bontleng residents told Sunday Standard that they were very happy to have the ministry do this project in their community, adding that it is a clear sign that the President has the people at heart.
Rathedi commended individuals who donated money towards this project to at least make available everything that is needed. He promised that MEWT will be working closely with the people involved.