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North East District braces for investors 

SHARE   |   Monday, 28 August 2017   |   By Shingirai Madondo

The ongoing upgrading of the Tshesebe-Masunga gravel road into a modern tarmac infrastructure will make the usually unappealing North East District (NED) attractive to potential investors, authorities said. Despite being endowed with rich agricultural soils, the northeastern part of the country has been seeing little economic activity due to its uninviting and crumbling road infrastructure.  It is no secret that investors have shied away from setting up businesses in the border district owing to poor connectivity and bad roads among other factors which make business easier to operate. Things, however, are set to change with the start of construction work on the Tshesebe-Masunga road. NEDC chairperson Flora Mpetsane said the upgrading of the Tshesebe-Masunga road will go a long way in ensuring that business becomes easy to operate in the area. “This is a positive development to our district. In fact, it was long overdue bearing in mind that it was cumbersome to access Francistown which is our main service centre in the North East district,” Mpetsane expressed her joy over the rehabilitation of the road. According to Mpetsane, a number of investors have been shunning the district owing to lack of basic amenities for easy of doing business such the road network and the much-needed connectivity of the area.  “The Tshesebe-Masunga road will be developed into a tarred road.  There will be several loops and access roads that will come along to enable smooth movement of industrial equipment, raw materials and finished products,” she said of the P430 million infrastructural project.

For his part, Masunga ward councilor Elias Mbonini said the project will bring joy to the people of North East. Despite the employment opportunities created during the construction of the road, Mbonini said investors will definitely flock the district after the completion of the project, meaning more jobs. “We have waited for this road for 30 good years. And it is my conviction that the road will definitely open the investment floodgates in the district,” said Mbonini. He said farmers will consider North East because the road will make it easier to take the produce to markets in Francistown. “It was difficult for farmers to take their produce to Francistown. Investors have been shunning the area due to poor road network. However, the development has brought great joy,” said Mbonini, adding that rural-urban migration will be nipped in the bud.