Ministry of Local Government (MLG)
TAKING STOCK OF RADP
31/10/16
TAKING STOCK OF RADP The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development under which portfolio Remote Area Development Programme (RADP) falls, recently convened a consultative forum to consult on the implementation, progress made thus far and other challenges associated with the government flagship programme.

TAKING STOCK OF RADP

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development under which portfolio Remote Area Development Programme (RADP) falls, recently convened a consultative forum to consult on the implementation, progress made thus far and other challenges associated with the government flagship programme.

The Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Botlogile Tshireletso called all the Honourable Deputy Council Chairpersons of RADP Districts, Senior Assistant Council Secretaries and other officials responsible for RADP just to take stock and eventually map a way forward about the progress of the of the 10 year programme.

When addressing the largely attended gathering, the Honourable Assistant Minister said although there has been a noticeable improvement across districts and across the various programmes, of which she commended all the leadership there are however areas of the programme that are a cause for concern and require collective efforts and the leadership. Hon. Tshireletso highlighted some areas of concern and challenges and appealed to the district leadership for their collective input and engagement to ensure that the RADP is fully implemented in their respective districts.

The Remote Area Development Programme (RADP) strategy is one of Government flagship programmes with the aim of bringing services closer to the people, especially those living far away from the mainstream developments. Government mandate is to ascertain all people victimized by poverty graduate from the same and live a life of self-actualization, and self- esteem, as well as dignity!

Since RADP RADP is a special rural development programme aimed at eradicating poverty and promoting equity in remote area communities, Government responded to the call through the Affirmative Action framework as a new implementation strategy to enhance its operationalization of RADP. The economic empowerment of citizens is an important defining characteristic of any society; hence the need to continually review the programme to ensure it is living up to its mandate.

According to the Assistant Minister, a lot has been achieved in increasing access to programmes by Remote Area communities in different sectors but more still needs to be done especially on sectors such as RADP housing, Communal Farms, Education, Economic Empowerment projects, Students education and employment among others.

RADP HOUSING & COMMUNAL FARMS

The Minister expressed concerns that although housing units for the financial year is about to be completed, the rate at which they are moving is unexceptionally low and that most districts did not meet set target. There is need to come with a turn-around strategy to make sure we meet our set targets, as well as ensure all housing units are delivered by the end of the financial year. There is not much progress on communal farms but remember the objective of the farms is to improve the livelihoods of our targeted communities.

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT PROJECTS

Thirteen economic empowerment projects in the settlements of Mabesekwa, Otse, Tshokwe, Chobokwane, Ngwatle, Kgomodiatshaba, Loologane, Qangwa, Gani and Sekhutlane have been funded from the allocated P1 million during the year 2012/13. Though they still at different stages of implementation, only five projects are operational, the question is what are we doing about no-operational projects? Are government funds creating employment for people as intended or going to waste?

EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT

Although there is progress regarding students sponsored by DTEF, very little is made in the area of students sponsored by councils at brigades and technical colleges. 519 students have graduated from tertiary institutions but 379 are unemployed, why? These graduates should be engaged under different government programmes whilst still looking for employment. Employment creation is one of Government main priority. Although there has been a steady increase in numbers employed, more still needs to be done in this area for both formal and temporary employment.

All these can be achieved through team work, community synergy, zeal to excel in discharging duties by public servants geared at eradicating poverty amongst our communities by implementing government programmes and total involvement of the public and guidance of programs and policies which are geared towards poverty eradication.

The objective of the forum was to bring leadership together to reflect on the implementation of the RADP framework to create significant and positive impact on the livelihoods of the Remote Area Communities.

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