The trudge to labour is a daily drudge for many

FRANCISTOWN: The Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs offices here have become a source of hope for hundreds of Batswana and an occasional spring of survival for a few.

Some survive on the piece jobs they get from government departments, such as cutting grass and picking litter.

Foreigners are not allowed on these premises, while Batswana are issued with yellow jobseekers' cards that enable them to be identified by potential employers. Some just come to these offices with the hope that they may be easily found by employers who check with the labour department if there are any people looking for jobs.  While people who frequent these offices are from different ethnic and social backgrounds, they share the common denominator of being in need of food, shelter and clothing. Some of them are freshly out of school.

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