Speaking in an interview with Mmegi, this week, Kgosi Pelotona said the problem was that the programmes were coming at a time when people have been overwhelmed by poverty.
"Some have benefited from the poverty eradication schemes while most prefer poultry farming and other small stock because they cannot even afford to fence their homes or connect water for backyard gardening," he said. The poor health conditions in which his people live are the result of lack of even pit latrines, he noted.
Kgosi Pelotona said the recent culling of cattle to control Foot and Mouth Disease in Zone 7, which encompasses Tshokwe, had exacerbated the plight of his subjects because cattle were their mainstay.
What they needed was cattle re-stocking so that the food hampers and the dependence they engendered may stop, he said.
On other issues, Kgosi Pelotona pointed to the high numbers of dropouts at the local primary school due to pregnancies resulting from the girls' liaisons with elderly men in the village. "Many
of these cases go unreported, hence the perpetrators escape the responsibility of maintenance, thus sinking families deeper into poverty,' he noted. However, some of the pupils dropped out simply because they lacked appreciation of education. The result is that enrolment at the primary school had dropped from 400 students in 2009 to only 300 in 2011. The small village lies 20 kilometres north of Tobane and is characterised by a beaten dusty path that connects the two villages.
The poverty here is palpable, yet government has erected power lines and water pipes for connection to homesteads, costs which the people cannot afford.
Tshokwe is a sleepy village in every respect, yet it has not escaped the blight of crimes of passion, two of which have been recorded since the beginning of this year.
"Inspite of our very low crime rate here, we have buried two victims of passion killings this year," said Kgosi Pelotona. One incident took place in January, the other in April."