Poverty Progamme Doing Well in North East

| May 21, 2015

Chairperson of the North East District Council, MsFlorah Mpetsane, says implementation of the Poverty Eradication programme (PEP) is progressing well in the district.

Speaking at the beginning of the second ordinary session in Masunga this week, Councillor Mpetsane said 227 beneficiaries were assisted under the programme.

She said to date, 148 beneficiaries had been trained, given equipment and had already started their projects while 39 were awaiting training in different packages such as carpentry, welding and plumbing to be provided by department of Community Development under the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.

However, Councillor Mpetsane said the district had identified ten beneficiaries who have already trained to become trainers, adding that the development would as well help in cutting down the cost of using consultants and other institutions to provide training for PEP beneficiaries.

She said those trainers who are in the field of cleaning services, bakery and catering, would commence their duty after accreditation with Botswana Qualification Authority.

Concerning one of the programmes meant to fight poverty in Botswana, being Livestock Management infrastructure Development (LIMID), the chairperson said despite challenges such as the demand exceeding the supply, which caused the delay in assisting beneficiaries, the programme was progressing well in the district.

As a way to improve the situation in the North East district, Councillor Mpetsane said efforts were being made to source small stock outside the district.

She further outlined that the programme was greatly affected by the outbreak of New castle disease in the district, where hundreds of chickens died leaving some beneficiaries empty handed.

The council chairperson also informed councilors about the newly introduced Graduate Youth Volunteer scheme (GVS) which commenced on the 1st of April this year.

The scheme, she added is meant to assist graduates to facilitate skills development, noting that the scheme targets unemployed graduate youth who are also not in the internship programme or any other scheme.

On other issues, she said she was impressed that the construction of the two blocks of flats at Tati Siding by Botswana Housing Corporation was complete and would help reduce shortage of staff accommodation that had been a burning issue to officers posted at Tati Siding service centre.

She said those houses came at the right time where the district was looking up at decentralising more services to the centre. Furthermore, councillor Mpetsane said she was happy that the water levels in dams that supply villages in the district were satisfactory.

She noted that as at April this year, Ntimbale dam stood at 97.8 per cent capacity, Shashe dam 98.2 per cent while Dikgatlhong stood at 84.9 per cent, adding that the volume was enough to supply villages in the district for 21 consecutive months without inflow.

On health issues, the chairperson told the house that that the Human Papilloma Vaccine (HPV) which was given to girls aged between 9 and 13 years was conducted and completed successfully in the district.

She said though the district experienced resistant in some villages, the issues were resolved after the intervention of the District Commissioner and the Council Secretary and the children were finally vaccinated.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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