The national commemorations of World Habitat Day 2011 will be celebrated under the patronage of the Ministry of Lands and Housing in the village of Ramotswa, in South East District on 7 October.
Numerous initiatives to create awareness and promote ownership of the commemorations by the public have been lined up. Among these are the buildup activities such as:
i) Essay Writing Competitions for Primary & Junior Secondary Schools Students, Senior Secondary Schools Students, Tertiary Schools Students, and the General Public;
ii) Media Briefing;
iii) Radio and television broadcasting, panel discussions, concerts and community meetings.
The Minister of Lands and Housing's speech which will focus on issues of climate change in relation to human settlements will be aired on national radio on the 3 October. During the day of the event, Government Ministries, Parastatals, Private Sector companies with an interest in the theme Cities and Climate Change will be invited to showcase their products and/or services, and educate the public on the measures they take to mitigate the effects of climate change.
A march will also be held on the morning of October 7 to mark the event.
Other activities planned for the day include the launch of Ramotswa Village Development Plan, touring of projects within the district, touring of exhibitions stalls, entertainment though traditional dances, poetry and choral music.