Non-governmental organisations, the private sector and the government have to work together as they strive to solve the socio-economic challenges facing the country.
Speaking during the NGO/Private Sector Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility at the Phakalane Golf Estate Hotel Resort on Tuesday various speakers said the three sectors need each other’s input for the benefit of the nation and themselves.
“We should each recognize the strengths and comparative advantage of our respective sectors and seek to capitalize on this as we create space for each to play their role. Only then can our country be assured of sustained economic performance that will translate into meaningful social benefits for all its people”, said Labour and Home Affairs Minister Peter Siele when officially opening the event.
Acknowledging the NGOs and the private sector’s roles in dealing with socio-economic challenge such as the HIV/AIDs pandemic, the fight against poverty, plight of school drop outs and the fight against moral decay caused by alcohol and substance abuse Siele promised the government’s continued support for their efforts.
“We in government have and continue to introduce a number of initiatives that promote public sector/NGO collaboration and continue to provide grants to NGOs that are adding value to the development of this country”, he said.
“I believe this event marks the beginning of an introspection process and a mapping out of strategies to explore opportunities and have no doubt that you will one another in an open and objective manner driven by a win-win spirit”, he added.
Addressing the same gathering De Beers Resident Director and Chief Executive Officer Neo Moroka also said the government cannot solve all the country’s problem without help from NGOs and the private sector.
“We all have a role to play. The government cannot achieve sustainability on its own,’’ he said.
Meanwhile Debswana’s Group Manager: Corporate Strategy, Boyce Sebetela promised that they will continue to support NGO and government efforts to improve the socio-economic landscape.
“Our main aim is to create economic opportunities and support for development by focusing on programmes that encourage self-sufficiency”, he said.