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Council beats food relief exercise challenges

North West District Council chairperson has enumerated challenges experienced in the food relief distribution exercise.

 Addressing council recently, Mr Kebareeditse Ntsogotlho said challenges included slow delivery of commodities from Maun to Okavango, reluctance to accept assessment outcome, high number of reported emergency cases, dishonest clients, withholding or providing wrong information to social workers in a bid to qualify for assistance.

“Nevertheless, the district managed to come up with corrective measures in order to cope with these challenges as at the end we managed to reach our target,” he added.

Mr Ntsogotlho revealed that the district assessed 41 449 households out of which 31 452 were recommended for COVID-19 social relief.

To date, total food relief expenditure stood at P 56 343 240.26 with rations accounting for P 41 682 364.62, he said.

 Commenting, Councillor Keebone Mphoyamodimo said  the council’s COVID-19 food relief programme indeed cushioned communities.

Despite the few challenges,  experienced during the exercise, he said,  those responsible for implementing it went the extra mile to ensure identified beneficiaries were assisted.

He acknowledged the support the district received in the form of donations from different companies and individuals.

 Councillor Mphoyamodimo  also  hailed the council for developing a detailed COVID-19 recovery plan.

The plan focuses on essentials such as addressing immediate challenges presented by  COVID-19 to council staff, customers and stakeholders as well as identifying short-term management crisis and broader resilience issues.

It also aims at developing and creating a detailed plan to return the institution to scale quickly; adjust to the new normal and how the organisation should re-invent and evolution of its operations going forward.

Councillor Mphoyamodimo, who was responding to the council chairperson’s speech, said the council’s efforts were commendable as they could take the organisation to greater heights.

He welcomed the reinstatement of constituency community projects and called for proper implementation and monitoring to ensure success.

On other issues, the councillor requested an update on the number of artists, associations and tourism operators who benefited from the COVID-19 wage subsidy, those who did not benefit and reasons for rejection.

He also called for maintenance of the Samedupi-Makalamabedi road which he said was currently in a bad condition.

According to Mr Mphoyamodimo, there was confusion about which department was responsible for the road in the previous financial year.

 

He expressed the wish that the issue would be resolved soon. BOPA

Source : BOPA

Author : Esther Mmolai

Location : MAUN

Event : Council session

Date : Sep 17 Thu,2020

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