Thursday, September 24, 2020

Phikwe Revitalisation Programme still alive – Mohohlo

Linah Mohohlo, the coordinator for Selebi-Phikwe Economic Revitalisation Programme says she is optimistic that the lined up economic programmes for the region will ultimately be rolled down.

The Selebi Phikwe Economic Revitalisation Programme was set as an emergency to help revive Selebi-Phikwe following the closure of the BCL Mine, which was the mainstay of the town.

To date, the programme is yet to deliver significant projects, a thing Mohohlo attribute to the delayed implementation of the economic incentives which were offered to prospective investors.

Mohohlo however says legislative work is underway to quicken the operationalisation of the said incentives.

To date, the programme is said to be taking shape as about 40 potential investors are at different stages of expression of interest.

Mohohlo, said that of the 40 investors, 16 companies have established a presence, of which ten are citizen owned in information technology (IT) and manufacturing; three government projects in infrastructure development and agriculture; and three foreign-owned companies in agriculture and textile sectors.

On the jobs side, Mohohlo says the result has been the establishment of 754 jobs.

Mohohlo admitted that other impediments to achieving more progress include inability to open businesses by investors in a timely manner for various reasons, such as insufficient serviced land, thus leading to possible missed jobs targets.

Selibe Phikwe Mayor, Molosiwa Molosiwa recently told a full council meeting that the closure of BCL mine has led to an increase in destitution in the former copper mining town. 

Molosiwa said the Department of Social and Community Development has been receiving a lot of cases of destitution.

“The most prominent assistance asked for is school uniform for school going children, transport fare as well as food baskets. However it is unfortunate that in most cases these clients who come to seek registration as destitute persons are mostly able bodied people who are unwilling to engage under Ipelegeng,” he said.

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