BLOUWES: Fifty-three households at Blouwes near Keetmanshoop received 21 goats each through the German Special Initiative Programme yesterday.
The Blouwes Traditional Authority and community say they will henceforth consider 23 October as a historic day.
The senior councillor in the Traditional Authority, Adam April told Nampa here that this day will be celebrated every year as it is now being considered as a milestone in the eradication of poverty in the community.
The households received 20 nanny goats and one Billy goat each, with April saying most of the recipients were overjoyed as they previously did not own any goats.
The conditions of the programme differ for the Blouwes residents, as Karas Regional Governor Bernardus Swartbooi advised that everyone should receive 20 goats but should not be expected to ‘pay back’ the same number of goats to the programme in three years’ time.
Officials at the governor’s office yesterday said the decision was taken to ensure that beneficiaries are able to farm and have the goats reproduce at a good rate, without the process being interfered with by them having to ‘pay back’ goats.