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Poverty on the Decline
19/12/11
Poverty on the decline.
Poverty on the Decline

Since the inception of Poverty Eradication initiative by His Excellency President Ian Khama Seretse Khama in 2009, the country has seen poverty levels going down gradually. Though poverty is decreasing, there are still some Batswana living in abject poverty.

This was recently revealed in Masunga at a Poverty eradication Pitso and market day co-hosted by the North-East and Francistown regions.  The Pitso was convened to consult on what needs to be done for both districts to address issues of poverty which is still visible amongst communities. Government has thus came up with the idea of holding districts Pitsos and market days to help them establish ways on how poverty can be eradicated in their respective localities.

Giving a key note address at the occasion, Dr. John Mothibi who is responsible for poverty eradication at the Office of the President said though statistics shows a decline, more still needs to be done. He said, “having 20.7 percent of our people living below the poverty datum line is unacceptable.  The statistics shows that people in the country living below poverty datum line have reduced from 59 percent in 1985/86 to 47 percent in 1993/94 and further dropped to 30 in 2002/03. “Today it has significantly dropped to 20.7% and this shows great improvement, he said.

The government continues to come up with innovative ways of completely eradicating poverty by 2016 and thus his Excellency resolved and committed the two flagship programmes: Poverty eradication and Economic Diversification Drive. According to information from poverty eradication office, significant progress has been made in the development and rollout of the poverty eradication programme. Currently rollout is in 15 constituencies and number packages per locality and depends on local conditions, market and in 2012 roll out will cover the rest of the country.

Furthermore, the Pitso and the market day give the beneficiaries a chance to showcase their products to potential buyers and the plan is to develop permanent markets for these products. Regional Pitsos are the nation’s critical planning fora in an effort to eradicate poverty; other Pitsos took place in different districts.

In conclusion Dr. Mothibi urged all to be resolute in unity saying that to achieve the noble goal of poverty eradication and enabling most of the citizenry to create wealth is purely dependent on us being united as a nation.  The target is to eradicate abject poverty amongst able bodied people by 2016.

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