The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development (MYSC) Kago Ramokate says his Ministry is committed towards the building and implementation of the stadium projects that have been approved under the 2018\19 financial year.
Appearing before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) this week Ramokate said his ministry will build three mini-stadiums in the current financial year as funds for that have been approved. He said they intend to build more such facilities in the future with funds permitting.
Responding to a question from the PAC member Special Elected MP Mephato Reatile on the progress made so far with the projects, Ramokate construction process will kick–start before the end of this year. He was cagey with details to reveal which selected areas will benefit from the mini–stadiums.
The PAC had expressed concern on the delay for the implementation of projects even when funds had been approved. Ramokate acknowledged that funds for the projects were approved at beginning of the year and was confident that the construction process will roll out soon.
He added: “the stadia implementation process shall commence soon before this financial year elapses and the funds for the projects are still available. The delay has been caused by lack of land availability well on time to commence the work and the land boards have since allocated land for the stadiums construction”.
He also stressed that the projects will be mini-sized sport fields committed towards sport development and uplifting of the communities.
Reatile encouraged Ramokate and his ministry to speed up the facilitation of development projects well on time, advising to engage FIFA in the process of building the stadiums for assessment and quality assurance purposes.