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Botswana revising land policy

Botswana: Minister of Lands and Housing, Botswana has prepared draft guidelines on private sector participation in land and housing delivery. According to Nonofo Molefhi, Minister of Lands and Housing, the revised policy called for greater participation of the private sector in the delivery of serviced land.

The minister said that the ministry had surveyed a total of 1 462 plots in Palapye, 1 550 plots in Moshupa and 1 200 plots in Gantsi over the last financial year describing this as “tremendous progress”. Molefhi said another notable achievement was made in digital line mapping that had covered 55 settlements. In addition, 223 updated medium scale digital maps covering the western part of Botswana and 20 maps covering the eastern part were produced.

Revised 1:350 000 tourist maps of the Okavango and Chobe were produced while the revision of digital street maps for Gaborone, Francistown, Lobatse, Sowa, Jwaneng, Gantsi, Kasane and Selebi-Phikwe was ongoing.Minister Molefhi said these provided valuable information for development projects.

About the draft, the minister commented, “It is my expectation that once approved by government, this initiative will relieve government of the burden of providing upfront resources for servicing land.” He added that it would also give an opportunity for the private sector to invest in land, thus making it realise its full potential to contribute meaningfully to the growth of the economy.

Source: www.mmegi.bw