Construction work on the rehabilitation exercise of the 39km Tshesebe-Masunga road in the North East District (NED) has begun. The project is set for commissioning within the next 24 months. The North East District Council (NEDC) chairperson and Matsiloje councilor, Flora Mpetsane confirmed late last week that the project started in earnest. Tshesebe-Masunga road is currently gravel and hence most motorists have been shunning it. Some of the motorists were forced to take the longer routes through Ramogwebana-Moroka-Mapoka-Nlaphkwane-Zweshambe while other opted for the Sebina-Makaleng-Toteng-Kalakamati-Vukwi one to reach Masunga. Basch Construction (Pty) Ltd has been awarded the tender for the project. “The expectation is that the upgrading of the gravel road into a tarred one will be completed in the next two years,” explained Mpetsane. According to Mpetsane, the project is worth P430 million. She said the road has not been user friendly for many motorists with most of them having stopped using it. “The road will be having a number of loop and access roads linking little known villages such as Pole, Masukwane, Mosojane, Kgari and Mulambakwena. The villagers have been suffering for many years,” said Mpetsane.
The gravel road was graded some more than 30 years ago with the view of assisting dwellers of small villages not to walk for long periods to access services. However, it has been hard for the government to improve the road. The gravel road could have been upgraded between 2007/08 financial year but it was not to be due to the world credit crunch that took the globe by storm in 2008. “For 30 good years, the villagers of Pole, Masukwane and other villages plucked at the middle of the northeastern part of the country have been patiently waiting for the road to be upgraded,” said Masunga ward councilor, Elias Mbonini. Mbonini, the only Botswana Congress Party (BCP) councilor within the NEDC, said the upgrading will go a long way in making life easier for the residents of villages like Pole, Masukwane and Mosojane.