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The Residents of Mahalapye have appreciated the Chinese Embassy's donation of equipment to the adolescent and environment center.

The gift, which was handed over by the Vice President, Lt.Gen.Mompati Merafhe, included a conference table, 40chairs, a large screen television set and speakers.

Speaking at the occasion on Saturday, General Merafhe said Botswana was pleased to be doing business with the Chinese government and companies.

He said this has contributed significantly to causes of common good in the country.

General Merfhe, who is the MP for Mahalapye West, cited numerous development packages that China had extended to Botswana since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1975.

Some were the proposed establishment of a Chinese language center, the construction of two primary schools and the anticipated construction of a multi purpose youth center. "There is ample evidence based on these programs that China wants to respond in an appropriate way to the real challenges, as we have defined in Botswana," he said.

Vice President Merafhe said the construction of the center, which was his initiative as the Mahalapye West legislator, would alleviate problems faced by the youth. He said the socio-economic challenges such as unemployment, poverty, alcohol and drug abuse and teenage pregnancy that young people are confronted with in the Mahalapye Sub-District were not different from those experienced in other parts of Botswana. Meanwhile, the youth park will consist of an office space, a pavilion and a conference center.

The Chinese Ambassador, Mr Ding Xiaowen recently donated P80, 000 towards the construction of the project.

He also donated a cheque for P10, 000 upon hearing of Tshikinyega Primary School's achievement in the standard seven results last year.

General Merfhe said the donation to the school would boost its efforts in improving the quality of education.


(Source: Daily News)

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