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Assistant Minister of Local Government Mabuse Pule has revealed that residential plot layouts for Sankoyo and Phuduhudu are currently awaiting completion of the strategic environmental assessment pending allocation.
Pule revealed this when answering a question from Maun East MP Goretetse Kekgonegile who had asked Minister of Land and Water Affairs, Kefentse Mzwinila as to why Sankoyo community has not been allocated residential plots for the past five years and when the next allocations will be done.
Kekgonegile further asked the minister to state the measures and timelines being put in place to tribalise Mababe and increase tribal land in Phuduhudu given that its population has outgrown the current tribal area for new allocations.
Responding on behalf of the relevant minister, Pule indicated that the allocation of residential plots in Sankoyo has been put on hold pending the completion of the strategic environmental assessment of the layout designed. According to him, the exercise was halted due to lack of funds but they have since been disbursed to the District Council to carry out the assessment.
According to Pule, the tender to undertake strategic environmental assessment was awarded to a successful contractor that failed to perform as expected and was subsequently terminated. Pule said that the District Council had re-advertised the tender which closed on the 3rd August 2023 and it is expected that within a month after closure of the tender a confident consultant would have been identified to carry out the strategic environmental assessment.
Meanwhile the minister indicated that Phuduhudu has an existing layout which its strategic environmental assessment has been retendered from the 9th July 2023 till 3rd August 2023. He stated that the current residential application list for Phuduhudu is 428 against the population of 679 as per the population and housing census done in 2022. Pule noted that there is an estimated 272 existing residential plots and 434 are expected to be allocated.
“In light of the foregoing it is evident that the population has not outgrown in land provided, consequently 706 plots would have been availed in Phuduhudu which is more than the existing population hence the narrative that the population has outgrown the current tribal area for new allocation does not stand,” he said.
With regards to tribalising Mababe, Pule explained that the area is located in an ecologically sensitive environment hence a change in its administration and management adding that it requires that all matters be addressed before a decision can be reached.
“It is worth noting that due to the sensitivity of the area, government has put to rest the Mababe land tenure and its associated issues and once all matters are resolved a decision will be made,” he said