Government reaches out to South Africans

Monday, April 11, 2016

Pretoria - Leaders from all spheres of government have met with citizens across the country during the fourth National Imbizo Focus Week.

Izimbizo were held in 36 different communities in the country from 4 - 10 April. Officials used the week, which they have described as successful, to get citizens acquainted with the Nine-Point Plan, which is aimed at growing the economy and creating jobs.

Acting Cabinet Spokesperson Phumla Williams on Monday said through the imbizo programme, government was able to interact directly with community members and discuss the possible ways to work together to fast-track service delivery issues.

The Imbizo Focus Week was launched by Acting Minister of Communications, Mosebenzi Zwane, at Ga-Seleka Community Hall in Lephalale, Limpopo.

It was a follow-up visit to monitor the progress made on service delivery issues, which were raised by community members in an imbizo with Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and the Lephalale Mayor Jack Maeko in November 2015.

Last Wednesday, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des Van Rooyen held a meeting with traditional leaders in Mogalakwena in Limpopo.

The GWK Food Processing Factory was officially opened on Thursday at Modder River Richview in Kimberly by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mzwandile Masina.

The factory is expected to create 100 new permanent jobs in the agricultural sector in Kimberley and other surrounding areas in the Northern Cape.

President  Jacob Zuma on Friday was accompanied by the Economic Cluster Ministers to the port of Port Elizabeth to monitor the Oceans Economy infrastructure development. He also informed citizens on the progress made in the implementation of Operation Phakisa programme.

On Friday, Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele and MEC Seaparo Sekoati handed over tablets to Grade 12 learners at Seshego High School in Moletjie, which is a beneficiary of the Broadband Infraco CSI programme.

On the same day, Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu handed over certificates to 136 informal traders after they completed training on entrepreneurship through a partnership between the Department of Small Business Development and the Wholesale and Retail SETA.

The closing event for the Focus Week was held in Thaba Nchu in the Free State. It was led by Basic Education Deputy Minister Enver Surty. – SAnews.gov.za

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