SONA Post Covid-19 – What To Expect

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Ahead of President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s State of the Nation address (SONA) set for Monday, Batswana in different quarters are eager to hear what it has for them following the covid-19 pandemic that disrupted livelihoods across board.

IN SHAKAWE– businessman and seasoned educator, Kabelo Mahupe said he expects the president to touch on the resuscitation of Public Service Bargaining Council that he promised in 2018. Mahupe said despite the promise made 4 years ago, nothing has been done.

Mahupe is also hopeful that the president will touch on the issue of mother tongue language in schools, which he says the president has been promising for the longest time now, from the time he was Vice President.

He further noted that residents of the Okavango will be eager to hear what the president has to say about the Sehithwa –Mohembo road which remains in a terrible state. 

“It has also been suggested often to the government ministers who visited Shakawe that it is time that they source market from the SADC countries for farmers to be able to sell their beef outside the country. Shakawe has become the gate-away to Namibia and Angola where there is a lucrative market for our beef. The president should touch on the issue to demonstrate government’s  commitment about sufficient food supply and security,” he said.

IN GHANZI – a young entrepreneur, farmer and music promoter known as Lefoko Sergeant expects Masisi to touch on the promises he made during the Ghanzi Show in July this year about his government’s commitment to diversify the country’s economy and reduce the food import bill.

Sergeant said it would be disappointing for the president not to talk about the Ghanzi region and what his government intends to do to make sure that this country produces enough food for itself and enough to export.

Sergeant also noted that the Ghanzi district, beside the lucrative cattle farming, is conducive for arable farming and he is optimistic that the SONA will have something to talk about it and how the government is going to help farmers in the region.

IN MAUN – Boro-Senonori Councilor Kenson Kgaga said they expect the president to address the challenges faced by the tourism industry to make sure the industry thrives.

“We want the president to address the issues of tax in the tourism industry because we pay tax while at the same time paying back the loans that we got from the banks before covid-19 and that has killed many tourism businesses,” he said.

He argued that during covid-19 there was no business due to travel restriction and their businesses failed to make profits and that alone should qualify the industry for some tax relief.

He added among other things the president should look at are the issue of roads infrastructure that support access, as well as regulations and tourism license applications.    

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