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Govt defends renaming of residential areas

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Slumber Tsogwane, says the renaming of Blocks 7 and 8 suburbs as Ditimamodimo and Marapoathutwa respectively was done following consultations with residents in 2002/3.

As part of the consultations, the Minister says, it was agreed that the locations were to be named using names of existing ‘dikgotla’ in different parts of the country and that the proposal was considered and approved by Gaborone City Council.

Marapoathutwa and Ditimamodimo, Tsogwane said, primarily came due to the fact that the two neighbourhoods formed part of the Land Administration Procedures Capacity and Systems (LAPCAS) project that started in 2012/13.

“This project among other things is aimed at encouraging the use of residential addresses for various services such as mail, public transport and others,” he said.

The Minister was responding to a question by Gaborone North Member of Parliament, Haskins Nkaigwa, who had wanted to know the reasons for the renaming as well as the extent of consultations with residents.

“Residents were consulted through kgotla meetings in liason with Ward Development Committees (WDC) and individuals were also allowed to make written submissions,” the Minister said.

Other names approved for renaming include Phase 1- Mabodisa, Phase 2- Ntloedibe, Block 3- Feya, Phase 4- Mafikana, Block 5- Moroka, Block 6- Boseja and Block 9- Difetlhamolelo.