Ministry of Local Government (MLG)
Wheels for change
The 17th October saw the official handover of seven RADP (Remote Area Development Programme) vehicles to seven RAD districts namely; Central, Kgalagadi, Ghanzi, Southern, Kgatleng, North West and Kweneng
The well attended event was characterized by the attendance of Minister of Local Government, Hon. P. L. Siele, Assistant Ministers

Hon. B. Tshireletso and Hon. M. Motowane, BALA President Mr. Moruakgomo, PS Khumomatlhare, Vice Council Chairpersons, Senior officials and other Local Government officials.

During his keynote address, Hon. Siele stated that “past initiatives have not made commendable strides because beneficiaries from Remote Area Communities have not been able to market their products from all the 67 Remote Area settlements, hence the procurement of these vehicles that will be used to collect these Arts and Crafts and other products from settlements to the main centres to enable them to access a wider market.” Hon. Siele further availed that, “this is a clear sign of the commitment by my Ministry in availing transport for ease of marketing Arts and Crafts from rural areas in the entire country and even abroad.”

Siele further explained

To augment this, Hon. Siele availed that, these vehicles are “a key endeavour of driving the Ministry’s Affirmative Action Plan.” Hon. Siele made the audience aware that one of the core functions of the Ministry is to improve the livelihoods of Batswana, more especially the Remote Area Dwellers.

When giving a note of appreciation on behalf of the seven districts, the Vice Chairperson of Central District Council, Hon. Oabile P. Moupi and thanked the Ministry for the vehicles. In addition to this, he assured the Minister, Hon. Siele that, “these vehicles will be used for their intended purposes and will also be taken care of.”

In conclusion, The Assistant Minister of Local Government, Hon. Tshireletso stressed that these vehicles should be kept where they will be easily accessible by the remote Areas beneficiaries. It is in this context that the seven RADP vehicles were officially handed to the seven districts.

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