It is all systems go for North West Department of Social Development to observe International Day for Eradication of Poverty on Tuesday at Piet Plessies in Kagisano-Molopo Local Municipality with more than 600 residents expected to attend the event.
The theme for the observance of International day for eradication of poverty is: “Answering the call of October 17 to end poverty: a path toward peaceful and inclusive societies.”
The main objectives of event is to create awareness on food security programmes and access of the poor and vulnerable people to basic services, showcase success stories, promote the spirit of Ubuntu among communities and further reach out to poverty stricken households.
As part of the observance of the day, Galeng will handover humanitarian assistance in the form of grocery hampers to destitute residents in the area. Various government departments and entities will also render on-site services to the residents.
According to the demographic profile of Piet Plessies which falls within the jurisdiction of Kagisano Molopo local municipality, the total number of population is 1 655 with 220 households headed by females. Seven (7) household are headed by children under the age of 18 years. Overall unemployment rate is at 53% affecting youth, men and women.
Recent Community Survey indicated that municipalities with the highest poverty headcount in 2016, were Greater Taung at 17,3% followed by Ratlou at 16,9% and Kagisano Molopo at the tail end with 14,8% of poverty headcount.
Chief Whips, Executive Mayors, Mayors, Speakers and members of mayoral committees from various municipalities across the province are expected to attend the event.