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.
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