The Ministry of Works, transport and communications is charged with the responsibility of providing and maintaining public works, transport and communications infrastructure. Infrastructure network is fundamental for the operation of efficient and sustainable economy since it acts as a catalyst in the development process. Botswana’s fast economic growth is attributed, among other things to good communication links. The ministry goals and objectives are geared towards realisation of the aspirations of Vision 2016.
13.1.1The Institutional Framework
At the district level, the ministry is represented by the Department of Roads, Road Transport and Safety, Department of Architecture and Buildings, Central Transport Organisation and Electrical and Mechanical Services. Parastatals that are operating in the district are Botswana Railways, Botswana Post and Botswana Telecommunications Corporation.
13.1.2Strategic Plans for Respective Ministries
Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications
The Ministry seeks to provide efficient, cost effective, safe, reliable, sustainable and an environmentally sound infrastructure services commensurate with international standards which will support government strategy and social and economic development of Botswana.
Ministry of Local Government
The mandate of the ministry is to improve the quality of life of Batswana by providing basic infrastructure. This is achieved through providing rural roads infrastructure.
Ministry of Lands, Housing and Environment
The ministry is responsible for providing services in management and development of land and promotion of environmental protection. To achieve this strategic plan the ministry will ensure availability of land for provision of infrastructure and that EIA is carried out for development projects.
13.1.3The Role of the Private Sector
Construction work is normally contracted out to construction companies which are registered with the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB). Sometimes design and supervision of major construction projects is let out to consultancy companies.
The private sector provides mobile telecommunications (cellular) services through cellular companies such as Mascom Wireless and Orange. There are also public phones, which are operated by private individuals in most parts of the District to service the general public as well as providing a source of income for the owners. Both short and long distance passenger and goods transport services are provided mainly by the private sector.
During the consultation workshops, communities raised the following concerns as regards this sector-:
They were concerned that although roads connecting smaller villages to Mochudi are very important, they are not adequately maintained. They argued that this militates against the desire to promote the symbiotic relationship between Mochudi as a market centre and its production areas.
Construction of roads usually leads to flooding of adjacent properties as a result of raising the roadbed without adequate culverts to allow free movement of water as before.