GCC funding dries as numbers of needy children balloon

Hunting ground: Poverty can be seen in the presence of dumping site scavengers. PIC: TSELE TSEBETSAME
Hunting ground: Poverty can be seen in the presence of dumping site scavengers. PIC: TSELE TSEBETSAME

Gaborone has recorded a 51.6 percent annual increase in the number of children in need of care, and a 24.5 percent increase in the number of needy students.

While the Gaborone City Council (GCC) approved a P321.1 million budget largely sponsored by government for the 2015/16 financial year, the local authority has said the figure is way below requirements in the capital.

The Council’s social safety nets presently support 1,725 beneficiaries who include 1,059 orphans, 417 needy students, 167 destitute persons, 47 children in need of care and 35 Community Home Based Care patients.

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We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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