SA can count on Communications Dept for any info

Friday, November 21, 2014

Cape Town – Communications Minister Faith Muthambi says members of the public can call her department any day should they wish to get more information about government services or programmes that are available to them.

Speaking to the media shortly after interacting with Khayelitsha residents and commuters at the City of Cape Town Kuwait Taxi Rank and Station on Friday morning, the Minister said it was important for government leaders to interact with members of the public on a regular basis.

“What we are saying is that it can no longer be business as usual. What we are saying is that people need to be empowered by all the information on the work that government is doing and all the opportunities that are there in government.

“We are also saying we are a government that cares because without information, we are disabling you from accessing career opportunities, services are there for free,” she said.

Upon arriving at the taxi rank, the Minister greeted commuters, informal traders, taxi drivers and general members of the public telling them about government’s anti-corruption messages and service delivery.

She also asked them what their service delivery concerns were, and told them that the Department of Communications was willing to assist in pointing them in the right direction should they wish to get in touch with departments that deal with their needs.

“...The reception from people has been very warm. Our lessons from this interaction are that ordinary people like interacting with their leaders. They want to see, touch and feel them and this is what we are doing.

“We have just come to say to the people of Khayelitsha “heita”, and then we are spreading anti-corruption messages. We have also distributed service delivery leaflets with the contact details of all government departments and services that they can utilise,” she said.

16 Days of Activism Campaign

Meanwhile, the Minister said as South Africa launches the 16 Days Of Activism For No Violence Against Women And Children, all South Africans, men and women, should play their role to fight the scourge.

She said while the international campaign goes beyond 16 days, it was important for South Africans to embrace it and make it a 365-day campaign every year.

The Ministry of Women launched the campaign in Parliament on Friday morning where a debate was held by all MPs on the topic. –