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The Minister of Social Development, Mrs. Matebatso Doti presented wheelchairs and groceries to people with disability (PWD) in the of Mohale's Hoek district.

The wheelchairs were handed over at a public gathering held in Siloe community Council to two people, one from Taung and another from Kubake within the town. While six people from Taung received groceries that comprised maize meal, cooking oil, soup, beans, peas, salt, washing powder and shoe polish.

Addressing a public gathering that was mostly attended by people with disabilities (PWD) at Siloe Community Council in Mohale's Hoek on Thursday, Mrs. Doti said the current government is committed to ensuring that vulnerable children get basic education, saying this is achieved by providing them with education bursary.

She commented that the initiative follows realization that some guardians and relatives of orphaned children have a tendency to deny them a right to education for unclear reasons, noting that this results in such children being engaged into marriage whereby within a short period, they bear children who they fail to care and cater for and thus increase number of vulnerable children in the country.

The Minister therefore urged Basotho to register children who are under their care with the National Identity and Civil Registration (NICR) so that they have necessary documents like birth certificate that is mandatory to acquire the education bursary.

She highlighted that her Ministry is in the process of tabling a bill in parliament that will address needs of the PWD such as provision of monthly grant so that they can meet some basic needs.

The Minister assured full protection of vulnerable people such as children, PWD and elderly people who have become victims of different forms of abuse, saying her ministry has placed officers in all eight community councils of the district.

At the same gathering, a Member of Parliament for Taung, Mr. Selemo Mangobe thanked the Minister for the support of PWD.

Mr. Mangobe however said there is more needed to improve the lives of the PWD, appealing to the government that the skills training centre in Taung should also cater for training of the people with disability so they could easily earn their living with the acquired skills.

Speaking on behalf of the PWD, Mr. Lekhotla Thamae expressed concern over people’s common practice of hiding the PWD at homes and that they are also discriminated during service delivery.

Again, he said though they are sent for skills development, their biggest challenge in starting own businesses is the lack of capital hence appealed to the government for assistance in this regard.

Present at this gathering included a Member of Parliament and also Minister of Labour and Employment, Mrs. Keketso Rants’o, the Acting Principal Chief of Taung, District Council Secretary, Taung Area chiefs, community councillors and the public.

Source: LENA 01/02/2018

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