Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources Kitso Mokaila returned from Namibia’s Walvis Bay on Wednesday following the signing of the bilateral agreement on the Trans-Kalahari Railway line project.

The Botswana and Namibia Governments are working on the development of a heavy haul railway line starting at Mmamabula, Botswana terminating at the port of Walvis Bay, Namibia.

The railway line is expected to, among other things, serve as an enabler for Botswana to unlock the massive coal resource the country is endowed with.


Minister of Lands and Housing, Lebonaamang Mokalake has requested Parliament to adopt a budgetary proposal of over P1.2 billion for his ministry for the 2014/15 financial year.

Of this amount, over P735.9 million is for the recurrent budget and P501.4million for the development budget.

Under the development budget, Mokalake said the proposed funds would be utilised for completion of on-going projects, with the bulk of this budget earmarked for land servicing projects and low income housing programmes.

Mokalake said the largest share of the ministry’s proposed development budget would be allocated to land servicing project at P312.5 million which represented 62 per cent of the budget.

The amount would be utilised to implement infrastructure developments of Metsimotlhabe Block 4, Palapye- Extension 11 and also to cater for final accounts for the Shashe Mooke Bridge.

The remaining balance, he said, would be used to undertake power reticulation projects of Francistown (Gerald Block 5 and 6), Jwaneng EU 8, Lobatse Airstrip plantation, Kasane and Sowa infrastructure projects.

The designs for the nine areas of Maun Central Business District (CBD, Mmopane Block 1, Gaborone Extension, Gerald Estates CBD, Tsolamosese Block 4, Mogoditshane Block 9, Ghanzi Extension, Kasane Waterfront and Palapye Extension 10 would also be covered.

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