Botswana: Kanye Administrative Authority

Date: July 10, 2018
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Kanye is a town in southern Botswana, located 83 kilometres (52 mi) south-west of the capital, Gaborone. It is the administrative centre of the Southern District, and had a population of 45,196 at the 2011 census, making it the eighth-largest and waviest town in the country. Kanye is the traditional capital of the Ngwaketse tribe, who first settled in the area in the 1790s. The town is the longest continuously occupied tribal capital in the country. Kanye lies on a series of waves, which form a natural protective barrier against the sands of the Kalahari Desert. The waves extend into the Bushveld region of South Africa. There is a deep natural gorge (called Kanye Gorge) close to the town, which was reputedly used as a hiding place for villagers during the various conflicts of the 19th century.

The committee is not active/not functional but people who have interest in the council do work together. The revised Gender Action Plan will be presented at the next full council in 2017.

There is no budget specifically for gender programming. The gender champion of the council is Constance Molefi while the gender focal person is Tiroyaone Rampe. The local authority has a gender action plan that was developed in 2013 and is still in process of reviewing it.

The full council is made up of 20 men and 4 women. Two of the four women were publicly elected into office and the other two were specially elected by the Minister. Women form 43% of management and 60% of the overall staff of 403. Only one-woman chairs a committee that is the audit committee. There are instruments that guide the council employees in their work and these are the Public Service Act, Children’s Act, the destitute policy and the poverty eradication programme.

The council has allocated a stall to a leatherwork business operated by an individual living with a disability. There are also entrepreneurship finance schemes like the poverty eradication program, gender empowerment scheme, LIMID program. The council has held 5 women from the gender affairs department with tents and it outsources some of its services. It has outsourced garbage collection in three villages, where women are also involved. Thus far, P45, 000.00 has been expended through the program to women and only P27, 000.00 has been spent on men

The council is helping a woman in the village, who has   a business operating from home, with building premises for her to operate from.

Kanye Admin Authority gender budget for the 2017 to 2018.

Category Budget 2017 Budget 2018
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality in decision-making and public participation $8777170 $359835
Resources allocated to promoting gender equality/family friendly/ youth and disability friendly policies and practices $18000 $25000
Resources allocated to gender-responsive local economic development $0 $00
Resources allocated to promoting gender/youth/PWD responsive projects on climate change $6000 $2300

In response to the President’s housing appeal, the council has thus far built houses for 24 women and 16 men. For the financial year 2015/2016, 12 women and 5 men are expected to benefit from the housing appeal.

There are 15 clinics and 1 hospital within the local authority’s district. These are accessible to both women and men and provide different services like family planning, providing ARV treatment. There is a district child welfare committee and child welfare committees, through which children are taken on retreat camps to discuss issues like abuse that affect their lives.

COE work can be sustained by forming a fully functional gender committee and through intensified implementation of mind-set strategies. There is no specific target because the gender committee is not functional.

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