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The Minister of Local Government and Chieftainship Affairs Sam Rapapa

March 15, 2021 3 min read

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THE M5.1million worth Telu-Khunoana Bridge whose refurbishment was officially launched last week is projected to recruit at least 90 labourers from the Telu-Khunoana area in Berea.

The official construction is expected to commence on March 22, the Minister of Local Government and Chieftainship Affairs Sam Rapapa has shown.

Speaking at the launch, the minister warned the construction company revamping the bridge not to be biased in its labour recruitment process.

“In order to empower the local community, we highly encourage the constructor to engage local labourers irrespective of their political affiliations,” he said.
Mr Rapapa acknowledged local councils and other community leaders for being the voice of voiceless on such projects along with other community development issues.
Sharing similar sentiments, the Minister of Public Works Lebohang Monaheng said the event marked a milestone of development in the area.
The mandate of the two ministries, he said is to enhance service delivery to Basotho, hence the reconstruction of the old bridge.

“Such an infrastructure development initiative is for the benefit of the nation and as a result, civil servants will always play an oversight role during the construction phase,” he said.
Mr Monaheng also emphasised the need to engage local people as labourers in the project.

For his part, the Member of Parliament for the Tšoana-Makhulo constituency Tšoeu Molise said the old bridge was partially destroyed some years back as a result of heavy rains.

Vehicles, he said have to use a long route in order to move between the surrounding villages.

During heavy rains, Mr Molise said learners and people who offer essential services in the area are not able to get around because using the old bridge is quite risky.

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“Now that the bridge is being upgraded, we feel honoured indeed,” he also said.

One of the residents of Ha Telu-Khunoana ’Mathapelo Mathafeng said the entire community is relieved with the upgrading of the bridge as it is going to change their lives for the better.

“We, however, hope that even the gravel road that goes to our village will be reconditioned because it is also in a bad state,” she said.

The Telu-khunoana Bridge connects the town of Teyateyaneng to villages like Ha Koali, Tšoana Makhulo and the Thupa-Kubu constituency.

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