TALKING POVERTY ERADICATION: Masisi and Rakhudu
TALKING POVERTY ERADICATION: Masisi and Rakhudu

Presidential Affairs Minister, Mokgweetsi Masisi says the government’s Poverty Eradication P rogramme (PEP) has been a success.

Adressing the media this week at the Mass Media complex, Masisi said that of the 45 000 destitute people identified at the launch of the programme in 2009, 15 000 have been enrolled.

“I am pleased to make a pronouncement that we are on track to wipe out abject poverty amongst able bodied destitute persons.

We are also focusing on enrolling the remaining 2030 able bodied destitute persons living in abject poverty this financial year,” he said.

The minister revealed that 1739 backyard garden projects have been completed out of which 1249 are operational. He said 346 of the completed projects were excelling in terms of production.

“They are generating above normal income and the beneficiaries have opened bank accounts to make savings, and some have constructed better accommodation for their families,” he added.

The minister further noted that the roll out of backyard gardens was too slow and that efforts were underway to address implementation challenges.

“A total of 448 projects are non operational and 90% of the non operational projects are due to water related challenges.

A total of 35 projects are reported to have been abandoned or failed due to death or lack of commitment of the beneficiary,” he said.

Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry, Keletso Rakhudu who had accompanied Masisi for the briefing explained that some of the projects fail due to draught or lack of water.

“We were aware of such challenges when the PE programme was rolled out. Beneficiaries of such packages will however be considered for alternative packages,” he said

About 1 981 projects are said to have been completed under the alternative packages programme.

All of them are said to be operational while 235 have been observed to be excelling.

23 of the projects are regarded to have failed due to lack of commitment and mismanagement by the beneficiaries.

Minister Masisi also revealed that a model for an agro-processing and packaging plant for horticultural produce in Selebi Phikwe has been developed and will be implemented this financial year in partnership with the National Food Technology Research Centre (NFTRC).

The project is expected to cost P6 million and the plant is expected to be operational in January next year.

Masisi further revealed that a partnership with Anglo America will also focus on transforming some of the micro scale producers into small to medium scale enterprises.

The next Poverty Eradication workshop will be held in the village of Damuchojenaa from August 1st to 3rd.

 

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cheerful

“that some of the projects fail due to draught or lack of water.”
Not in the case where the VD Chairman was TOTALLY IGNORED ACCORDING TO THE ARTICLE AND A LAVISH CEREMONY WAS HELD AND THE PROJECTS ARE COLLAPSING DUE TO LACK OF TRAINING REPEAT LACK OF TRAINING!???

cheerful

“The million Pula Poverty Eradication programme which was held in Chanoga in March has turned out to have been nothing but a total waste of money and government resources.

A mere four months after the lavish launch of the programme, a visit to the village on the outskirts of Maun has revealed that most of the projects have collapsed and people who were running them are now asking for employment with Ipelegeng, a drought relief programme.”
WAS THIS ISSUE RAISED AT THIS MEETING-THERE IS NO MENTION OF THIS ISSUE WHERE THE VD CHAIRMAN AN COMITTEE WERE TOTALLY IGNORED

cheerful

“23 of the projects are regarded to have failed due to lack of commitment and mismanagement by the beneficiaries.”
WHY WERE NO NAMES THE PROJECTS THAT FAILED GIVEN – NAME THEM????
The problem is that they are failing because they are not TAUGHT HOW TO MANAGE THE PROJECTS THAT COMES UNDER TRAINING!!!