Imbizo Focus Week off to a good start

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
President Jacob Zuma at Marhulana Primary School in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni, as part of government’s Imbizo Focus Week

Pretoria - Day one of the government’s fifth National Imbizo Focus Week got off to a good start on Monday.

Government kicked off National Imbizo Focus Week, which will conclude on Sunday under the theme: ‘Together we move South Africa forward: Our future – make it work’.

Imbizo Week is a uniquely South African channel of direct face-to-face communication and interaction between government through its publicly elected representatives and members of the community.

Monday saw President Jacob Zuma handing over a fully equipped computer laboratory to Marhulana Primary School in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni.

The President went back to fulfil the commitment he made in July 2016 at Mandela Day commemorations to equip the school with computers.

The use of ICT in education is increasingly becoming an important medium for complementing the delivery of the curriculum.

The President was accompanied by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and the Ambassador of China in South Africa, Tian Xuejun.

Komani Industrial Park revival

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle launched the first phase of the Komani Industrial Park revitalisation in Queenstown.

The launch marked the completion of the first phase of the project, which covers security upgrades to the industrial park. R22.5 million has been invested in the revitalisation of the industrial park.

The Revitalisation of Industrial Parks Programme is creating much needed jobs in and around townships and rural communities.  

Easier travels between SA and Botswana

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters presided over the official handover of the Notwane Bridge linking South Africa and Botswana.

This construction of the road and bridge cost R78.5 million, and 51 full-time jobs were created over the 23-month contract period.

Notwane Bridge will open up economic opportunities and lead to a safer travel experience for commuters within the region.

Stimulating local economic growth

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister David van Rooyen held a sector imbizo with various role players in Ga-Rankuwa, Gauteng, as part of the Local Economic Development Programme, which aims to ensure that municipalities are sustainable.

The team visited the Ga-Rankuwa Eco-Furniture Factory. This project aims to helps create job opportunities, fight poverty and develop entrepreneurship skills.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Obed Bapela visited the agri-hub site in Makapanstad in the North West.

Agri-hubs are a key component of agri-parks. The goal of this programme is to transform the rural economy. As such, government has allocated a total of R2 billion annually for the establishment of agri-parks around the country. –

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