South Africa: Motlanthe in Eastern Cape for anti-poverty campaign

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe arrives in the Eastern Cape today on a two-day visit to assess launch sites for the War on Poverty Campaign and the roll-out of service delivery at Lubala village in Lusikisiki.

The War on Poverty Campaign was launched in Lubala village in September 2008 where commitments on service delivery were made.

The high profile visit also seeks to re-energise and re-focus the anti-poverty initiatives of government and to provide political leadership and mobilise all stakeholders.

The campaign is also an instrument of coordination, alignment, support and supervision of anti-poverty initiatives to impact greatly on households and communities living in poverty in the short-term.

Such initiatives seek to halve poverty by 2014 and eventually eradicate it in the long term.

Cabinet ushered the War on Poverty Campaign in 2008 as a short-term intervention of the Anti-Poverty Strategy to address immediate and pressing issues of poverty as a matter of urgency.

Premier of the Eastern Cape, Noxolo Kiviet, is expected to make a presentation about the overview of the State of the Province, while MEC’s will make a presentation on growth and employment, social and human development as well as human settlement.


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