16 June 2019


United Nations lends a hand to ‘fixing’ Bokone Bophirima

by: Vuyisile Ngesi   date: 20 july 2018

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has agreed to share its expertise with the provincial government of Bokone Bophirima, as the province works to clean up areas that have been identified as problematic for governance. 

To achieve this, the United Nations and its agencies in South Africa have started sending members of a technical team to the province to work closely with the provincial government. 

This is the results of a meeting Premier Tebogo Job Mokgoro, held with the United Nations Resident Coordinator in South Africa, Nardos Bekele-Thomas in Pretoria last week, to discuss ways in which the United Nations and its agencies can assist the province to respond to the challenges it’s facing.

Bokone Bophirima Provincial Government has been put under administration by Cabinet, with some provincial departments placed under Section 100 (1)(a) while others are under Section 100 (1)(b). 
Following the meeting between Premier Mokgoro and the UN head, the UN 
Development Programme has committed expertise from all its agencies in the country to participate in ensuring that Section 100 (1) interventions lead to sound and sustainable provincial administration before the end of the 5th Administration’s term next year. 

The provincial government and the UNDP have agreed on a Marshall Plan approach in the following areas: 
Health – including the provision of quality health services and the provision of medical supplies.
Social Services.
Agriculture and Horticulture.
Anti-corruption across all levels of government in the province.
Planning and coordination as well as monitoring and evaluation and
Youth empowerment initiatives and social cohesion. 

Bekele-Thomas further committed the UN agencies to ensuring that all the necessary resources and expertise were directed to key areas that need to be unlocked to put Bokone Bophirima on the road to recovery and to ensure that socio-economic and developmental challenges the province face are tackled head on.