Sunday, November 29, 2020

Applications swell for poverty eradication programme

Since the poverty eradication program’s inception in 2012 it has received 16,731 applications in Kweneng District.

From this number 9, 745 were assessed, of which 6, 553 were eligible for the program. From those eligible, 1 167 are able bodied and potential destitute persons. Assessment of the remaining 6986 is ongoing.

This came to light during a full council opening last week, when the Kweneng District Chairperson, Councilor Motlhophi Leo gave a speech marking the occasion. He said a total of 219 projects were operational under the S&CD packages. A total of five projects he said, have been abandoned by beneficiaries for various reasons while 19 projects are at various stages of implementation.

“All the projects were funded at a cumulative allocation of P11.2 million, of which P8.3 million has been spent. Procurement is still ongoing for some projects,” said Leo.

On Remote Dweller Program (RAD), Leo said during the 2013/14 financial year a total of 28 beneficiaries were provided with livestock at a tune of P532 000. All the beneficiaries received their packages and every settlement was allocated a shared bull.

“Further to this development, in all the seven RADs settlements in our district, there are community projects that are geared towards improving communities’ livelihoods. There are seven sowing machines, with 29 beneficiaries, five bakeries with 29 beneficiaries, and a multipurpose cooperative in Kaudwane with seven members,” he said, adding that there is also a community garden at Kweneng village which is operating fairly well. They are still pursuing the Land board for allocation of a game ranch in Kaudwane and cattle ranch in Mogoditsane.

On Turnkey program Leo explained that since its inception during the 2009/2010 financial year 272 projects in the district have been funded at an amount of P16 320 000.00. He said to speed up delivery the government in 2012 took a decision to establish Single Housing Authority (SiHA). Since its implementation, 153 houses have been transferred to Botswana Housing Corporation and out of these only four houses in Lentsweletau and 10 houses in Mogoditshane/Thamaga have been completed and handed over to the beneficiaries while in Letlhakeng Sub District no project has been completed. This has substantially increased the number of applicants in waiting list.

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