Botswana: Presidential Task Team Visits Tamasane

| June 25, 2016

Presidential Inspectorate Task Team (PITT) led by former Vice President Dr Ponatshego Kedikilwe visited Tamasane village to inspect government projects and programmes.

Addressing stakeholder meeting in Tamasane on June 20, with the sub-district leadership and beneficiaries, Dr Kedikilwe said the core mandate of PITT was to assess, monitor and make interventions that will assist in improving delivery of government programmes and projects.

He explained that after inspecting poverty eradication programmes and projects in Tamasane village and seeing the challenges the projects face, the team will give feedback to President Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama.

He urged residents to feel free to air their grievances about the poverty eradication programmes and encouraged beneficiaries with success stories to share tips and ideas with others emphasising that his team was open to ideas and suggestions on how to improve poverty eradication programmes.

In response, beneficiaries decried lack of proper monitoring and supervision of projects as well as inadequate training.

Ms Miriam Nyambe and Ms Maikutlo Chakalisa who are both fashion designers complained that the training they were given was inadequate as some designs are very challenging to them.

Mr Philip Serero, a young farmer who was funded through Youth Development Fund (YDF) to start a beef production project, decried lack of supervision by youth officers adding that they last visited him in 2012.

In addition, a representative from the poverty eradication office Ms Gorata Lorala promised that the fashion designers will be taken for re-training in order to upgrade their skills.

Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture programme coordinator Mr Letlogile Seoforeng assured residents that his office will improve monitoring of projects and has drawn a schedule to cover the whole Tswapong area starting in July.

The PITT inspected eight projects ranging from backyard gardening, beef production, fashion design to small stock.

One of the projects which was inspected was that of Mr Bakae Malane (24), who was funded by YDF to buy 15 cows in 2011 which have since increased to 29.

Mr Malane explained that his project was doing well and the working relationship between him and MYSC was good.

Source: Botswana Daily News

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