Botswana Housing Cooperation (BHC) replaced some of the plants they cut down to give way to their Gaphatshwa residential site last Saturday.
With the help of the UB Forestry and Range Management, who supplied them with trees and told residents about the plants, the housing corporation planted three plants in three homes and handed them to the tenants. The remaining plants were handed to residents who qued to collect their share.
BHC had also set up stalls to answer queries and possibly sell houses.
“Wherever we do our work we do it in such a way that it protects everybody’s life including those who work in construction. We will also protect the environment we work in and build safe houses for our tenants and those we find in that particular place,” said BHC CEO Reginald Motswaiso at the ocassion
“As we build we find trees that we have to remove in order to bring developments, but after completing we need to try as much as possible to restore the environment or make it better if possible. We are here to start this. Planting a tree is a start.
While grateful that BHC was making attempts to restore the environment, Councillor Kabelo Blessing Mokgalajwe complained about a sewerage engine which he said was always broken and smelly.
“There is a man who guards it and I wonder if he will last even six months. We usually pass him with a food container while we cover our noses. It is also apparent that you used the wrong pipes for sewage. You used blue pipes which are used for drinking water and we have this case before the council. If these pipes burst, you would have put us at risk,” he said.