National Imbizo Focus Week has officially kicked off, with government getting in touch with communities from Thohoyandou in Limpopo.
Speaking at the launch of the week — which gets underway on Monday, 14 July, and coincides with Nelson Mandela International Day on Friday, 18 July — Communications Minister Faith Muthambi urged communities throughout the country to actively interact with government representatives.
“As government, we felt it is imperative to interact with people and listen to their concerns and views. We are calling on people to tell us their concerns and suggestions. It is our duty as government to ensure that citizens have access to government.”
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.
Source : SAnews.gov.za