South Africa: deputy president intensifies anti-poverty drive

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has visited several homes during his door-to-door campaign in Lubala village at Lusikisiki in the Pondoland region of the Eastern Cape on Saturday.

Motlanthe is on a mission to verify the success of the government’s anti-poverty pilot project in this area. He and Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet together with members of her Cabinet have been meeting specifically the beneficiaries of the project and also listening to input from the local people.

This pilot programme has created job opportunities on a short term basis through the Extended Public Works Programme. Kiviet says her government has learnt a lot in terms of strategising to fight poverty.

The Premier says the Rural Development pilot programme in the Mhlontlo region at Mount Frere and the anti-poverty pilot programme at Lubala village have paved the way for all structures to deal with poverty in the rural areas.

She says the majority of community members needed grants to survive and even access to that facility.

Kiviet added that it was difficult for people to access grants because they did not have necessary documents, the rate of illiteracy and teenage pregnancy is high and there’s also a lack of information on how to access government services.

The Deputy President also met Traditional leaders and businessmen yesterday.


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