Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo will return to the Eastern Cape on Thursday where she will visit the Steve Biko Foundation Centre in Ginsberg, King Williams Town.
The Minister will also visit the King William’s Town retired nurses association known as the Nightingales Association as well as engage with Mama Nontsikelelo Biko - the widow of the struggle icon, Steve Biko.
The visit is a follow-up engagement after the September visit to the Makhanda area in which the Minister honoured former public servants in recognition of their contribution to serving the people of South Africa.
One of the recipients of the Special Recognition Award was Mama Biko - a former public servant who still dedicates her time to improving the lives of the people in her community.
In response to the challenges faced by Mama Biko and others in the execution of their projects, Minister Dlodlo has also invited other government departments and agencies which will work together with Mama Biko and the Steve Biko Foundation to serve the people of Ginsberg.
The Minister will begin her visit with a walk-about at the Steve Biko Home, which is now a National Heritage Site.
She will then tour the Steve Biko Foundation’s Economic Justice Unit, the Children’s Library and the Biko archives before a stakeholder engagement session the Nightingales Association.
The Minister has also extended an invitation to provincial MECs from health, economic development, as well as environmental affairs and tourism.
They will be joined by joined by the National School of Government (NSG) which will be tasked with incorporating the retired nurses into the training and mentorship programmes of the NSG as well as the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) and the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) who will assess the needs of the Steve Biko Economic Justice Unit. - SAnews.gov.za