Mixed Reaction to Palapye Industrial Capital

source: allAfrica
Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

30 July 2007
Posted to the web 30 July 2007

By Bame Piet

There were mixed reactions in Parliament to a motion tabled by MP for Gaborone West South, Robert Molefhabangwe requesting Government to consider the establishment of an industrial capital in Palapye where it will be easy to address problems of shortage of land, power and water.

These are often a hindrance to economic development in urban areas as prospective investors end up looking elsewhere due to high costs and scarcity of such raw materials and factors of production.

He said that Gaborone is sandwiched in small districts that have no land. He believes that Palapye will be a suitable place.

He said the town was centrally located and nearer to the three main dams in the north of the country as well as the Morupule Power Station in the village which is scheduled to undergo expansion in the near future.

He added that the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) would also benefit from the town.

Molefhabangwe further said that such an establishment would benefit about 500,000 residents in the central district and will be nearer to Walvis Bay in Namibia. He added that there are tourist sites in the area.

MP for Ramotswa-Tlokweng, Olebile Gaborone supported the motion saying that it will contribute to fairer distribution of resources in the country.

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