MEDIA STATEMENTS: Tenth year anniversary of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)

Date: 8 Mar 2013

Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says South African's should be proud of the role they have played in ensuring peace, stability and good governance in the African continent as the country marks the tenth year anniversary of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).

South Africa will this Saturday (09/03/13) join many countries in the continent in celebrating this historic milestone in the history of the African continent.

"As a country it is important to mark this historic day by reflecting on how far we have gone in dealing with the issues raised in the 2007 peer review report. In this regard I am pleased that South Africans have responded overwhelmingly positive to the call by the founders of this mechanism that Africans must help each other in order to build a peaceful and successful continent," said Minister Sisulu.

She added that since the establishment of this historic institution South Africa has experienced an increased civil society and public participation on issues relating to democracy and political governance. The Public Service Coordinating and Bargaining Councils and the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC), said Sisulu, were amongst various formal forums the country has put in place aimed at addressing the developmental challenges through government, business, labour and social partnerships.

"Provinces across the country will during the month of March embark on a series of events in celebrating this milestone, I urge all South African to embrace this and make their voices heard. As we begin the second decade of the APRM we as government recommit ourselves to strengthening our efforts in ensuring a better life for all," said Minister Sisulu.

Issued by:

Ndivhuwo Mabaya

Head of Communications

Cell: 083 645 7838


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