Fo­rum de­clares war on poverty

Also plans to cre­ate ru­ral de­vel­op­ment

The Rep - - COUNTRY KALEIDOSCOPE - By Abongile Solundwana

THE ANTI-Poverty Fo­rum has de­clared war on poverty via a pro­gramme made pos­si­ble by the Chris Hani Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity (CHDM) in con­junc­tion with the Dis­trict Aids Coun­cil, Lukhanji Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and other stake­hold­ers.

Dur­ing a func­tion at Ka­ma­s­tone near Whit­tle­sea, the pro­gramme with the theme “War on poverty ser­vice de­liv­ery day” was launched.

Ac­cord­ing to the con­cept doc­u­ment, the ob­jec­tives of the pro­gramme were to make a mean­ing­ful in­ter­ven­tion in erad­i­cat­ing house­hold poverty while cre­at­ing sus­tain­able ru­ral de­vel­op­ment in­tended to im­pact com­mu­ni­ties and their house­holds. Other in­ten­tions were to ad­dress HIV and Aids, crime, sub­stance abuse, road ac­ci­dents and abuse as is­sues af­fect­ing com­mu­ni­ties. The cre­ation of skills de­vel­op­ment and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties also form part of the ini­tia­tive.

CHDM ex­ec­u­tive mayor Mx­olisi Koyo said it was nec­es­sary each house­hold had at least three ba­sic meals per day. Koyo said the best way to fight poverty was through agri­cul­ture.

A few years ago the dis­trict adopted a con- struc­tive pro­gramme from KwaZulu-Natal in Um­gun­gundlovu called War Room af­ter wit­ness­ing its ef­fec­tive­ness in the area.

The anti-poverty strat­egy was im­ple­mented to re­duce the im­pact of poverty in all 112 vil­lages of Whit­tle­sea.

“East­ern Cape pre­mier Phu­mulo Ma­su­alle was im­pressed with the strat­egy and a Som­er­set East Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has shown in­ter­est in us shar­ing our strate­gies with them.”

Koyo said the ob­jec­tive of a war room was to en­sure com­mu­nity is­sues were re­solved ef­fec­tively and ef­fi­ciently. “If some­one is strug­gling in any way it should be re­ported in the war room with im­me­di­ate ef­fect, in­clud­ing cor­rup­tion cases in the area. We want to use Zu­lukama un­der chief Xhanti Zimema as a model.”

Lukhanji ex­ec­u­tive mayor Nozi Makanda said Whit­tle­sea had its own co­or­di­nated struc­tures which made it easy for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment to thrive in the area.

She com­pli­mented the work ethic of com­mu­nity mem­bers, say­ing a united spirit made it eas­ier for gov­ern­ment stake­hold­ers to bring ser­vices to its peo­ple.

De­vel­op­ment project as­sess­ments were also con­ducted in Ka­ma­s­tone and at Mcheula prior the start of the main event. A new li­brary at Mcheula and a youth farm­ers’ project were vis­ited.

The so­cial de­vel­op­ment depart­ment de­liv­ered 72 food parcels while the jus­tice depart­ment do­nated clothes to poor fam­i­lies. The health depart­ment of­fered health screen­ings and the South African So­cial Se­cu­rity Agency hosted grant reg­is­tra­tion ser­vices.

‘If some­one is strug­gling, it should be re­ported’

Pic­ture: ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

FIGHT­ING POVERTY: Soban­jwa Zinkwenkwezi, a mem­ber of a sheep farm­ers’ co-op­er­a­tive ben­e­fit­ing from the Chris Hani Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity (CHDM) anti poverty pro­gramme, stands with the stock and back from left Mil­isa Shuba, CHDM ex­ec­u­tive mayor Mx­olisi Koyo, Nosiphiwo Makapela and front from left, Andile Maza­leni, Ward 14 coun­cil­lor Sibu­siso Mvana and Ayanda Mrhwebi

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