Tsogwane Launches Poverty Eradication Initiative

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

The success of poverty eradication campaign hinges on the inclusion of rural communities both at the policy formulation and implementation stages.

The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Slumber Tsogwane said this in Makalamabedi on November 21 during the launch of Boteti poverty eradication initiative phase two.

Minister Tsogwane noted that financial assistance policies and programmes for eradication of poverty seemed to favour urban-based citizens and excluded the rural poor.

This, he said, was in lieu of the fact that government had set a unit in the Office of the President and department of social services as well as transferring rural development from the ministry of finance to ministry of local government to deal with rural development and issues of poverty eradication particularly among remote area dwellers.

He indicated that though Botswana was one of the fastest growing economies, proportion of the population that was poor had in the past been rising significantly.

Mr Tsogwane said it was estimated that over 49 per cent of the population was poor, noting that the poor were more than the rich hence poverty eradication had become a major area of focus on government policy and programmes.

He said the day’s theme: In partnership with the Private Sector, Abject Poverty is Preventable, showed that government alone could not manage to eradicate poverty without meaningful support from the private sector and other stakeholders.

“That is why the main focus today is on orphans who have graduated on orphanage programmes to try and prevent them from graduating in to poverty as they grow older,” he said.

During the event, 25 beneficiaries, 15 orphans and 10 destitute persons from five villages of Makalamabedi, Moreomaoto, Toromoja, Mokobaxane and Mosu received 75 goats and 50 chickens. Destitution at the said villages, he said, stood at 192 destitute persons and 177 orphans.

Mr Tsogwane said the extent of poverty was exarcebated by the fact that majority of the population was within the low income bracket or unemployed, therefore communities were still characterised by high levels of illiteracy especially among the elderly people.

The project was sponsored by Letshego Group of companies to the tune of P60 000 and the total of P57 250 had been used to purchase 75 goats and 50 chickens for graduated orphans and destitute while the remaining balance was used to cover costs for logistics during the launch.

He reiterated that as government, they encourage private companies to undertake social responsibilities because government alone cannot succeed.

The minister commended the management and staff of Letshego Group of companies for sponsoring the project.

The deputy district commissioner in Letlhakane, Mr Loeto Porati noted that the aim was to assist 25 beneficiaries annually for four years depending on the support from the private sector.

A review, he said would be undertaken to assess the progress of the projects and the impact made on the beneficiaries through the programme.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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