27 October 2010
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will conduct a visit to Ward 17, Ntunda Village in the Nkomazi Municipality, Mpumalanga, on 30 October 2010 to assess progress on the roll-out of the War on Poverty Programme in that province. The visit signifies government’s drive to reach people who have no or limited access to most of the services and programmes it offers.
The War on Poverty Campaign seeks to eradicate poverty and improve the quality of life of the poor by addressing specific needs of households through the provision of a suite of government services.
- Using provincial incidence of poverty, Ward 17 of Nkomazi Local Municipality was identified with 17 other wards in Mpumalanga as the most deprived. Identified needs include access to identification documents, social grants, health services and education opportunities, including adult literacy.
- The visit will also strengthen partnerships with non-governmental and religious organisations to intensify the implementation of anti-poverty initiatives. The Provincial War Room, led by the Premier’s Office and the Department of Social Development, coordinates the implementation of various departmental interventions to address the challenges facing the village.
- The progress assessment visits, led by the Deputy President, allow government to monitor progress on commitments made to families and communities, identify blockages to progress and speed up service delivery in the identified area.
- The regular reporting and monitoring mechanisms on the implementation of the War on Poverty programmes contributes towards the realisation of government’s outcomes approach by enabling it to measure service delivery and better manage performance over the long term.
The War on Poverty Campaign is implemented in conjunction with other government programmes to ensure a coordinated and integrated approach that secures a greater impact towards alleviating poverty in communities.
- The National Integrated Social Information System (NISIS) was used by the War on Poverty Campaign to capture the baseline information (household profiles). This has also has been adopted by the Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP).
- The War on Poverty Campaign and the CRDP target the same identified municipalities and wards.
- Government departments are currently accessing service referrals via the NISIS and offering specific and targeted interventions to profiled households across the country.
Successful implementation of the War on Poverty Campaign has helped transform communities.
- Through this initiative, government and partners from various sectors have reached 227 000 households since the launch of the project in 2008.
- The launch of the CRDP in Muyexe Village, Limpopo, by President Jacob Zuma on 17 August 2009 is helping to transform rural communities across South Africa.
- The Deputy President has conducted follow-up visits to Jacobsdal in the Free State, the village of Lubala in the Eastern Cape, and Bitou in the Western Cape, assessing service delivery and qualitative improvements in the lives of poor communities.
- The long-term impact of the War on Poverty Campaign will be reviewed in 2014 when the country submits its final report on the millennium development goals. However, its immediate impact is being realised through families and individuals benefiting from services such as free basic services, water tanks, vegetable tunnels, school uniforms, employment on public and community work programmes, etc.
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