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South Africa: Up Close and Personal with the Nation
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Monday, July 14, 2014
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Jul 14, 2014

She said it is important for people to interact with their public representatives in their areas, as this improves service delivery. Through these interactions, problems can be addressed easier and quicker.

Minister Muthambi said the adoption of izimbizo was testament to government’s commitment to transparency and accountable service delivery.

“Although much has been achieved since 1994, government is aware that more must be done if we are to move South Africa forward.”

Minister Muthambi used the opportunity to get South Africans involved in the National Development Plan, which aims to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030.

The imbizo programme ensures constant engagements between the national executive and communities, and is one of government’s communication platforms that deepens citizen involvement in all aspects of public life.

Prior to the launch, the Minister Muthambi, accompanied by government officials, mayors and councillors, interacted with the Thohoyandou local community.

Thivhudziswi Gavhi, from Tshififi village, said he was excited that government is inviting people to raise their concerns.

“I’m happy that we are given an opportunity to raise our concerns. We would like to hear what government is going to tell us,” he said.

Matodzi Rasila from Lufule village was happy to see the minister visiting their area.

“I always see her on TV. I am happy to see her visiting us.”

Minister Muthambi also warned councillors and mayors to up the ante in terms of service delivery.

As the week coincides with Mandela Day, the minister said South Africans should honour the legacy of Madiba by spending at least 67 minutes cleaning up South Africa.

“We all have a responsibility to honour his life by cleaning, improving and beatifying our communities,” she said.
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