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Job creation is Muzila’s New Year resolution

Job creation is Muzila’s New Year resolution
January 16
12:07 2018
  • Mayor says closure of Tati mine still haunts F/town

TEBOGO MMOLAWA

Job creation for citizens of Botswana’s second city in the course of 2018 is uppermost in the mind of the Mayor of Francistown, Sylvia Muzila.

Muzila’s supreme New Year resolution came to light at the Mayor’s Ball recently where she referenced youth unemployment as the bane of Francistown.

She noted that the closure of Tati Nickel Mine more than a year ago had worsened the situation as more than 700 were rendered jobless overnight and more businesses closed shop in its wake.

The Mayor appealed to the private sector and other stakeholders to rally around her mission to invigorate the economy of her city where people in the high density neighbourhoods of Kgaphamadi, Aerodrome, Maipahela and Block 1 had come to rely on the measly labour intensive Ipelegeng programme for survival.

But the programme has serious limitations because people are retained for only a month at a time on the job for a pittance.

“We should change our overreliance on government to create job opportunities for us,” Muizila said. “The country’s economy is not doing well so I call upon the private sector and all key stakeholders in Francistown to come up with ways to create employment.”

She called for the creation of platforms where all stakeholders may meet on a regular basis to brainstorm and refine ideas of employment opportunities.

Speaking at the same occasion, the Deputy Mayor of Francistown, Godisang Radisigo, appealed to civic leaders to cast their political differences and work for the betterment of Francistowners. Last year it was a very turbulent year for Francistown leadership.

Muzila and Radisigo came under siege last year when councillors wanted to dethrone them in a storm in which the Mayor was labelled an incompetent who sided with cronies during council proceedings. Muzila’s allies, most notably specially elected councillors James Kgalajwe and Zazambi Tuelo, fought tooth and nail to protect her.

When the tempest worsened, the Deputy Secretary General of the BDP, Shaw Kgathi, was prompted to text to BDP councillors to save the mayoralty for the sake of party unity.

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