Makgalemele Calls for Self-Reliance, Compassion

| May 20, 2015

Residents of Lentsweletau have been asked to assist government in making a significant contribution towards the less privileged members of society.

The Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mr Phillip Makgalemele, said there was need for communities to work collectively with government in addressing poverty.

Addressing a kgotla meeting in Lentsweletau recently, Mr Makgalemele urged residents to cultivate the spirit of self-reliance and show compassion towards the less privileged members of their community.

He said government was doing all in its power to provide shelter for the needy, but it was still inadequate and calls for individuals to take it upon themselves to contribute to the course.

The assistant minister also informed the meeting that the government has extended the National Development Plan (NDP10) by a year to allow the implementation of development projects.

However, Mr Makgalemele called for speedy implementation of the poverty eradication programme in the district to achieve the programme’s intended goals of alleviating hunger. He said although he was aware that programme officers were guided by stipulated guidelines, some cases require special treatment.

Residents were also aised to use the P500 000 allocated to each ministry for the purchasing of Arts and Crafts products in support of local producers. The assistant minister encouraged Batswana to take farming seriously since Ipelegeng programmes were a temporary measure.

For his part, MolepololeLentsweletau Administrative Authority assistant council secretary, Mr Gofaone Kgabanyane called on communities to help alleviate the problem of shortage of accommodation by building houses that meet the required standards so that they could rent them out to government.

He concurred with residents that Dikgatlhong primary school was in a bad state and needed renovation, adding that the bats that terrorised the school also led to the removal of the school ceiling.

One resident, Ms Ireen Kekgobilwe complained that developments were lacking in Lentsweletau.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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