maheke Regional Council donate 45 heads of cattle to Itireleng community

GOBABIS: The Omaheke Regional Council, through its Regional Specific Action Plan (RSAP) on Tuesday donated 45 heads of cattle to the Itireleng community at the Metsweding village.

The village is situated in the Omaheke Region’s Okorukambe Constituency.

The RSAP is a programme of the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development aimed at addressing poverty, unemployment and food security in Namibia’s rural areas by assisting community projects geared towards the same purpose.

The programme has since been decentralised, and is now managed and coordinated by the respective regional councils across the country.

Metsweding is located some 95 kilometres north-east of Gobabis, and is home to the Itireleng community of the BaTswana people.

The community were allocated the cattle after initial efforts to establish a fish-farming project in the area failed to get off the ground.

The fish farm was part of the larger aquaculture programme, which has also been decentralised to the regional councils for the same purpose of fighting poverty.

When the aquaculture project failed to materialise – mainly on technical grounds – in 2011, the Itireleng community were advised to seek an alternative project which would serve a similar purpose.