Botswana: Molepolole Sub District Council


Date: July 12, 2018
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Molepolole is a city in Botswana. It lies in the south east of the country. The people who reside in Molepolole are the Bakwena, who are one of the eight major tribes in Botswana. The Bakwena chief was among the three chiefs who went to England to seek protection from the British in the colonial era. Molepolole serves as the capital of the Bakwena. It was named after the Molepolole river. It is one of the largest traditional villages in Africa with a population of over 69,789 people as of 2008. It lies 50 kilometres west of the national capital Gaborone, and acts as gateway for exploring the Kalahari Desert.

The Molepolole District Council is in the Kweneng Province of Botswana. The council organized the plan as its draft and will be submitted for endorsement during the first 2017/18 Sub-Council scheduled for 15 May 2017. There are 27 male and 7 female councillors. The councillors is working to increase the proportion of female councillors from 10 % .The Mayor is male and the Deputy Mayor is a male figure. The Council has 5 committees, 2 of which are chaired by women. Women participated in council work by making decisions.

Young people with disabilities and community members participate in community based planning projects and meetings. Between 51%-75%. Women participate in public consultations .These include water and sanitation meetings, community –based planning and budget meeting. Young people with disabilities and community members participate in community based planning projects and meetings this involves the use of

The total workforce of the council is equivalent to 312 and for females its 320. There are 18 males and 9 females in the management 51 -75 percent women engage in public consultations. These include attending public meetings and budget meetings.

Molepolole Sub District Council gender budget for the 2017 to 2018.

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

There are provisions for maternity and none for paternity leave and it is granted for 3 months. The council also offered flexible working time. Additionally, the Council does have sexual harassment policy. The Council deals with the sexual harassment cases, as a government department abide by set standards and statutory laws that govern public service operations. Public service Act of 2008 is used to deal with such cases as per section 38 Sub sections 9 of the same Act. The council is accredited and certified with Iso 2009 by BoBs and therefore has specific procedures to deal with such cases under human Resource department.

The council’s local economic development plan offered 30 % of women, men, youth and PWD stands. Men, women, youth and PWD are beneficiaries due to Poverty eradication of destitute persons rehabilitation programme, youth development fund, young farmers Fund and Gender Affairs( women empowerment scheme)

Women, men, youth and PWD are involved in the planning, management and maintenance of water and sanitation. The sanitation is not specified.

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