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Ministry of Local Government (MLG)
Nyeletso Lehuma Bears Fruits
22/11/12
Being a multi-faceted phenomenon, poverty needs to be approached differently. The task to eradicate it cannot be done in a vacuum; hence government has come up with a number of noble initiatives to fight the cause. Amongst these was the introduction of alternative packages geared towards assisting the less fortunate members of our society such as orphans, destitute and the unemployed.

Just recently, Gaborone District Poverty Eradication (GCC) buttressed the above statement as it held a glittering graduation ceremony for the one hundred and seventy nine (179) beneficiaries. The beneficiaries who were trained from the 15th of October to November were all awarded with certificates for various fields such as bakery, catering, tent-hire backyard laundry, among others. One of these graduates lives with disability, a commitment cherished by the Ministry to mainstream disability.

Officiating at the event, DPS (Local Governance) Mr. Keaja could not hide his happiness as he awarded certificates to the deserving graduates. He noted that alternative packages were introduced under the poverty eradication programme to promote small, medium and micro enterprises. This was after realization that it is not all the beneficiaries who can engage in backyard gardening, therefore other enterprises were introduced for the promotion of household incomes and local economy.

During her welcome speech, Gaborone Town Clerk, Ms. B. Seragi commended the graduates for the splendid job and urged them to go face the future with such positive spirit they displayed during their trainings. “Competition out there will be tough, but I have all the confidence that you will pull through if you maintain same character. She nonetheless that promised preparations are underway to procure equipment for them to commence their projects which will go a long way in the fight against poverty.

The ceremony which was themed Nyeletso Lehuma: Our Responsibility, called for concerted efforts from individuals to take the initiative from personal level to internalize the fight against poverty. DPS highlighted that the time is nigh for people to change their mindset from being dependent to being self-reliant, saying, people should take advantage of government assistance programmes to improve their lives.

Furthermore he encouraged both communities and businesses to come together and engage in dialogue that can build partnerships between them at local level to grow local economies thus leading to employment creation. Mr Keaja however applauded and commended GCC for the partnership with Moghul Hotel for the three weeks training of the graduates, which was done by Ms Suiter.

A beneficiary, Tuelo Gabatshware who owns a tailor shop, thanked GCC for equipping her with necessary skills that made her who she is today and encouraged other beneficiaries to take their projects seriously. “Today I am free from poverty, thanks to GCC, she said

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