Mmegi Online :: Govt winning war on poverty - Merafhe
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Tuesday 17 September 2019, 18:10 pm.
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Govt winning war on poverty - Merafhe

Government has reduced levels of poverty in recent years and latest interventions have proved to be making an impact in the fight against poverty, said Vice-President Mompati Merafhe at a press briefing he jointly addressed with his assistant Mokgweetsi Masisi yesterday.
By Staff Writer Tue 17 Sep 2019, 19:11 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Govt winning war on poverty - Merafhe








The objective of the briefing was to update the public on the achievements government has made in alleviating poverty since President Ian Khama assumed office in 2008. The duo said the objective of the poverty eradication programme is to assist the destitute to graduate to sustainable livelihoods within the shortest timeframe. "Destitutes will be provided with shelter and least costly technology will be deployed that will aid them graduate to sustainable livelihoods through micro enterprises. Those in sustainable livelihoods will be assisted to graduate into mainstream economy and wealth creation," he said. He added that government is going to support Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) through the country's P20billion-per-annum purchasing power.

There are currently 43,600 destitute people, 3,100 people on the home-based care programme

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and 47,000 beneficiaries of Orphans and Vulnerable Children programme. The Vice President expressed pride in the Ipelegeng/Namola Leuba programme saying it has created basic employment for Batswana. He expressed concern that there is high unemployment in Botswana yet many foreigners are holding jobs for which skills Batswana possess. He said that he is aware that throughout the country foreigners are employed as bricklayers, carpenters, mechanics and other jobs that Batswana are trained in and appealed to all citizens to report anybody who unlawfully employs foreigners. He regretted that citizen-owned companies are not performing to the satisfaction of the government as they have abandoned incomplete projects throughout the country, saying they stand to lose out if they do not change their mindset.

 

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