The DA will submit a motion of notice at the next sitting of the Limpopo Legislature to debate the latest poverty trends in South Africa that confirmed that Limpopo has consistently been one of the provinces with the highest levels of poverty between 2006 and 2015.

The latest Poverty Trends report released yesterday by Statistics South Africa proves that the ANC government in Limpopo, under Premier Stan Mathabatha is failing the people of Limpopo as they are living in an abject poverty and unemployment with no hope of getting any assistance from their own government.

According to the report, more than 72% of Limpopo residents live under the Upper Bound Poverty Line (UBPL) which means they earn R992 per month. At the same time, 57% of residents live under the Lower Bound Poverty Line (LBPL), earning R647 per month and 40.3% under the Food Poverty Line (FPL) at R440 per month.

This effectively means 886 400 of households in Limpopo are living under the UBPL and 2 337 400 people in Limpopo go to bed on an empty stomach every night.

Employment and education are key drivers to combat poverty. The Department of Education receives the lion share of the provincial budget and yet our education system continues to underwhelm with no sign of uplifting the youth out of poverty.

Under Premier Mathabatha’s helm, the so called Limpopo Development Plan (LDP) as well as the National Development Plan will remain elusive as long as government and its leaders do not create a conducive environment for business and entrepreneurs to flourish.

Various departments and municipalities across the province have also been struggling to utilise their budgets to support small business to boost the provincial economy that will create more employment for the youth to fight poverty.

The DA believes that the debate will highlight the scourge of poverty experienced by our communities and hopefully bring solutions to the table that will put the interest of Limpopo’s people first.