Ministry of Local Government (MLG)
MLGRD TO THE RESCUE
17/06/13
As winter firmly marks itself present, various groups of vulnerable people across the country have been wondering how they are going to keep warm in this unscrupulous cold.

As winter firmly marks itself present, various groups of vulnerable people across the country have been wondering how they are going to keep warm in this unscrupulous cold.

It is such that, The People’s Ministry yesterday launched the "Blankets for Destitute Persons" at Ministry Headquarters at an event that was characterised by the attendance of District Commissioners, Council Secretaries, Directors, Senior Government officials and various media houses.

During his key note address Hon. Peter Siele availed that "this initiative is yet another indication that the Government of Botswana through The People’s Ministry is committed to serving and caring for its citizenry, especially vulnerable groups."

Furthermore, Hon Siele availed that a total of 30,500 blankets will be donated to vulnerable groups across the Republic, and in this initial roll-out, five (5) districts will receive blankets in the following i.e. Ghanzi - 1326, Kgalagadi - 1569, Southern - 1925, Lobatse - 151 and Gaborone - 196. It was also revealed that the rest of the Districts will receive their share of blankets before the end of the month and a roll out will be done accordingly.  

It is in this context that, this initiative links directly with Governments endeavour to create a Compassionate, Just and Caring Nation by the year 2016. Furthermore, this realisation is being facilitated by The People’s Ministrys provision of social protection in the form of social safety nets, shelter, psycho-social support, labour intensive public works, to vulnerable groups in our society.

These social protection policies and programmes seek to protect people from risk and vulnerability, mitigate the impact of shock in their livelihoods and support those who suffer from chronic incapacities to secure basic livelihoods and a dignified quality of life.

It is to this end that the onus is on us as Batswana to emulate this generous gesture of goodwill and supplement government initiatives to support those vulnerable members of our society, and as such take steps towards becoming of "A Compassionate, Just and Caring Nation."

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