Efforts to break cycle of poverty continue

2017-05-25 06:02
Impoverished members of Nomakhanzane community are among the beneficiaries of the poverty alleviation programme receive food parcels at the official handover of Mathulini Water Supply Project last Friday.PHOTO: supplied

Impoverished members of Nomakhanzane community are among the beneficiaries of the poverty alleviation programme receive food parcels at the official handover of Mathulini Water Supply Project last Friday.PHOTO: supplied

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POVERTY remains one of the biggest challenges facing our district. In view of this, we have embarked on new programmes to fight the tenacious scourge of poverty affecting the rural domains of the district.

Since April, through the newly introduced Poverty Alleviation and the One Home, One Garden Programmes, we have donated food parcels to over 100 households and hundreds more were given planting seeds to start vegetable gardens in their homes.

Our plan is to ensure sustainability of these programmes by roping in the private sector to work with us in improving the lives of the impoverished communities.

We are also addressing the other two aspects of the triple challenge, which are unemployment and inequality. The municipality will soon be introducing a programme where we employ women on a part-time basis to clean our reservoirs and ensure they are kept in satisfactory conditions.

While this initiative will respond to our fight against poverty, unemployment and inequality it will simultaneously improve the conditions of our water supply infrastructures.

We have had numerous incidences of vandalism of our infrastructure and believe the introduction of these services will ensure such incidences are kept to the minimum and will allow easy detection of service delivery malfunctions.

Our efforts of rural community development to bridge the gap between the urban and rural communities will continue until we reach the 100% mark on the provision of water and sanitation services, poverty alleviation and unemployment.

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