Ministry of Local Government (MLG)
Pitso Upon Us
The People's Ministry will host Pitso for the first time.

For the first time ever, the Ministry of Local Govern­ment will hold its Pitso at Tonota on the 31st of August 2011. The Pitso offers the Minis­try a chance to interact with its stakeholders and further than that consider their contribution for future planning of strategies and programs.

Through the Pitso, the Min­istry also aims at consult stake­holders on community devel­opment issues, strategizing on issues affecting community development, refocusing Minis­try programmes towards com­munity development issues and launch the Community Devel­opment Framework among oth­er things.

Also planned for the Pitso is a Panel discussion Session and viewing of stalls to high­light community development projects ranging from pottery, textile, upholstery, and poultry among others. The Pitso themed Building Resilient Communities: Strategies for the Future would be officially kick started by Hon. Lebonaamang Mokalake, Minis­ter of Local Government.

The concept of Pitso has been one initiative undertaken by various entities to engage their stakeholders in pertinent issues around their areas of operations. From this they have been glean problems and solutions. Perhaps the best example would be the Budget Pitso carried by the Min­istry of Finance & Development. Year 2011 was the second year running in which the Ministry has conducted series of Budget Pitso for various stakeholders.

Last year, they had a Pitso for the general public, which in­cluded the private sector, civil society, academia, media, para­statals, think tanks, and labour unions, and another Pitso for Member of Parliament. The fo­cus of these Pitso last year was on the processes for the prepa­ration of the National Develop­ment Plans, the Budget and the Budget Speech itself. This year, the Ministry conducted a Pitso for Local Authorities and anoth­er for Ntlo Ya Dikgosi.

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