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President Khama Opens Diphuduhudu Workshop

His Excellency the President, Lt. General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, opened a three-day Poverty Eradication Workshop at Diphuduhudu.
Participants in the workshop include over one thousand current and potential beneficiaries of the Poverty Eradication Programme, who have been drawn from all 67 of the country’s gazetted Remote Area Settlements.

Also present are some 500 additional participants from concerned Government departments and other community stakeholders.

To accommodate the influx, a temporary tent city has been erected in Diphuduhudu through the support of the BDF.

At the workshop, participants are engaged in a holistic training programme focused on inculcating basic life skills in production processes, marketing strategies, financial literacy; and effective networking and clustering. 

The goal of the intensive training is to give programme beneficiaries the skills foundation they need to successfully start-up and grow micro-enterprises into sustainable sources livelihood and economic empowerment. 

In his opening remarks President Khama commended the training for it pragmatic approach in incorporating live demonstrations to better ensure a positive transformation of mind and mindset.

He further observed that “through prudent management and further life skills training, the beneficiaries will be guided to upgrade their business from micro or small scale enterprises by seeking loans from CEDA, NDB or the commercial banks.”
The President also noted that similar workshops are now being planned for all districts in the country as part of the Phase Two rollout of Government’s Poverty Eradication strategy.

He also used the occasion to announce that by the end the current financial year Government’s target is to have assisted a total of at least 13,000 beneficiaries, which should translate into also supporting approximately 52,000 family members. This will be achieved by the rollout of alternative packages such as such as beekeeping, textiles, leather works, landscaping, food packaging, and agro-processing, in addition to some 8000 backyard gardens.
To further support programme beneficiaries and other small scale citizen entrepreneurs, Khama further announced that Cabinet has directed that normal procurement regulations by both central government and local authorities should be waived for such producers, emphasising that procuring entities shall thus be expected to fully implement the Cabinet Directive.

The President concluded his remarks today by introducing members of the Cabinet Sub-Committee for Poverty Eradication, which is chaired by the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, the Honourable Mokgweetsi Masisi.

The Sub-Committee is further comprised of the Honourable Assistant Ministers of Finance and Development Planning, Dr. Gloria Somolekae; Local Government, Botlogile Tshireletso; Trade and Industry, Vincent Seretse; Education, Keletso Rakhudu, and Agriculture, Oreeditse Molebatsi.

The Sub-Committee, which meets regularly, is driving the Poverty Eradication Programme with the support of an inter-ministerial task team of senior officials led by a coordinating Permanent Secretary in the Office of the President, Dr. John Mothibi.

Besides being a milestone in the war against poverty, the Diphuduhudu gathering is aligned with Government’s enhanced commitment to grass roots driven affirmative action for Remote Area Dwellers in line with the stakeholder commitments that emerged from last year’s Pitso in Ghanzi.

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