Dikgatlhong Dam construction starts
ROBELELA: Botswana’s economic boom has resulted in increased demand for water, says Ponatshego Kedikilwe, the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources.
Speaking during a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of the construction of the P1.2 billion Dikgatlhong Dam in Robelela near Serule on Friday, Kedikilwe said demand for domestic water supply and industrial development is rising at a high rate. Unprecedented mining activity in and around Francistown and the proposed Mmamabula Energy Project were threatening to create an unprecedented imbalance between water supply and demand. Kedikilwe said Botswana’s 2004 Millennium Development Goals report had identified water scarcity as one of the issues likely to present constraints to development. But his ministry was doing all it could to cope with the situation.
“To this effect, there are a number of initiatives aimed at improving water supply for the country’s current needs as well as sustaining it for future generations,” the Minister said. He said for Government to continue to develop more water resources at prohibitive costs depended on the state of [continue reading]