Thusong centres to get internet connection

Tuesday, June 30, 2009
By: 
Edwin Tshivhidzo

Cape Town - Government is to ensure that all Thusong Centers throughout the country are connected to the internet.

Tabling his Budget Vote on Tuesday, Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloy said the department will ensure that all existing Thusong Centres are connected to internet facilities by the end of the financial year

"We took a position to improve governance and service delivery through the use of internet technology, hence the projects e-government and e-cabinet," the minister said.

This, he said, would ensure that citizens have access to information at the click of a button.

The Thusong Service Centre programme was initiated by government in 1999 as one of the primary vehicles for the implementation of development communication and information, as well as to integrate government services into primarily rural communities.

The centres, especially the ones in rural areas, have made life much easier for communities as they no long travel long distances to access government services.

According to the minister, this year government intends to strengthen the effectiveness of Thusong Centres.

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