The Police Service made a commendable effort during DDP 5 to improve their services especially in reducing traffic offences by modernising the services. The Immigration Department is faced with acute shortage of office space. The Police Service has also been faced with shortage of staff in the entire district, which has affected its efficiency and effectiveness.
Table 14.67 Proposed Projects, Performance Targets, Budget and Plan Monitoring
Provide sufficient police officers
Construction of 26 staff houses at Olifant’s Drift
Construction of Semi-Urban Police station & 60 staff houses at Mmathubudukwane
The Ministry of Local Government was born out of the split of the former Ministry of Local Government, Lands and Housing into two separate Ministries of Local Government and that of Lands and Housing. The role of the Ministry of Local Government is to provide service and act as a link between Central Government and the local communities. The Ministry of Local Government cuts across all sectors and through its core functions addresses all the pillars of Vision 2016.
15.1.1The Institutional Framework
The Ministry comprises six departments. These are: - District Administration (DA), Local Government and Development (LG&D), Local Government Services Management (LGSM), Ministry Management (MM), Sanitation and Waste Management (SWM) and Tribal Administration (TA).
At the district level, the Ministry is represented by three Local Authorities, namely: District Council, District Administration and Tribal Administration.
The Local Authorities have the major responsibilities of:
Providing basic physical and social infrastructure (e.g. water provision, primary school and clinics construction) to local communities.
Coordination of activities of local government at district level.
Social Welfare and community mobilization to facilitate community participation in the development process. In this regard, the Local Authorities have significant direct link with people at grass roots and the government.
15.1.2Strategic Plans for Respective Ministries
Ministry of Local Government
The Ministry of Local Government is mandated to create an enabling environment for community development, provide basic infrastructure and social services as well as capacity building for Local Authorities, related institutions and Local Communities.
Ministry of Health
The ministry is responsible for the health policy formulation and facilitating implementation of the policy. It also has a duty to provide comprehensive, preventative, promotive, curative and rehabilitative health care services. The Ministry maintains a surveillance system on the quality of health care delivered by all agencies.
Ministry of Education
The Ministry’s mission is to provide quality education and training that is accessible to learners of all age groups and to create opportunities for life long learning to enable individuals to attain their full potential and to contribute to national socio-economic and technological advancement. This will be achieved through efficient and effective management of the national education and training system, development and implementation of relevant and responsive education policies and provision of an enabling environment for learning.
Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs
The ministry’s strategic plan is to provide excellent customer service in labour administration, trade disputes, correctional services, civil registration, immigration, sports, information, gender, youth, national and cultural heritage.
Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources
The Ministry of Minerals Energy and Water Resources in partnership with other stakeholders will provide reliable, adequate and good quality water. This will be achieved through a motivated workforce developing and implementing equitable, cost effective and environmentally sustainable policies, programmes and legislation.
The ministry will provide efficient, cost effective, safe, reliable, sustainable and environmentally sound infrastructure and services to international standards which will support other government strategies for the social and economic development of Botswana.
Ministry of Lands, Housing and Environment
The primary responsibilities of the Ministry is managing land and related functions, facilitation of national housing development programmes and promoting environmental management throughout the country. Its key performance areas with respect to Local Government are, availability and equitable distribution of land, housing delivery and home ownership and environmental friendly conscious nation.
Ministry of Agriculture
The main responsibility of the Ministry of Agriculture is the promotion of agricultural productivity through an effective and efficient service delivery system and training.
188.8.131.52Botswana Power Corporation (BPC)
BPC strives to generate, transmit, distribute and supply electricity in the most safe, reliable, effective, affordable and environmentally friendly manner to enhance the social and economic well being of the nation.
15.1.4The Role of the Private Sector
It is the intention of the Ministry of Local Government through the district councils to hive off some of its activities to the private sector. Such activities include landfill management and rural waste management. Other services like security services, office cleaning and landscaping will also be hived off.
15.1.5Community Consultation Priority Issues
Community priority issues include poor storm water drainage system, poor roads together with their maintenance. They also complained of the quality of water in the river villages, which is very saline, and above all, they complained of accessibility to services and hence need to establish a Sub District and additional Sub Land Board. Tribal Administration has poor building facilities, which need further improvements and construction of new ones. Education facilities are experiencing a backlog, especially teachers’ quarters. The last issue raised was slow implementation of projects during last plan period, the communities were concerned that projects were delayed, others deferred but no feedback was given to them.