Financially-crippled Francistown City Council (FCC) will in the next financial year implement very few new developmental projects due to insufficient funding, the city’s mayor James Kgalajwe said on Monday.
In his address at the last full council session for the financial year 2013/14 in Francistown on Monday, Kgalajwe said the bleak global economic outlook has resulted in the local activities slowing down in the country. “It is quite unfortunate that because of insufficient funds, there are very few new projects to be implemented in the next financial year,” said Kgalajwe.
Kgalajwe said the bulk of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development’s budget has been allocated to Ipelegeng programme. Without mentioning to exact amount of the money allocated towards the Ipelegeng programme, Kgalajwe said the amount is substantial.
Under the current scenario, Kgalajwe said the FCC will make use of the program to address some of the city’s needs especially maintenance of government and council facilities in Francistown.
However, with the limited funds that the council has been offered, Kgalajwe said a junior secondary school at Gerald Estates will be constructed in the next financial year. “The tender for the construction of the school has been floated and was closed on February 17 2014,” revealed Kgalajwe.
Upon the school’s completion, the mayor said the learning institution will relieve other junior schools of congestion.
In addition to the school construction project, Kgalajwe said the city is expecting yet another land servicing project of a central business district still at Gerald Estates location.“A project memorandum has been submitted to the Ministry of Lands requesting for funds amounting to P111 780 116 for consideration. The response is still awaited for,” he said.
He said the projected projects make the city fathers to believe that the City of Francistown would be turned into an attractive city for investors by the year 2022.
Ace Ntheetsang, councilor for Kanana ward in which Gerald Estates falls, said the developments expected to take shape in his area will go a long way in improving the lives of the area’s residents. “Construction of a CBD will obviously create employment for the youths in the area,” said Ntheetsang, adding that young women and men will be hired to work for shops, restaurants and factories to be opened at the CBD.