DPSA IN THE MEDIA: Deputy Minister lauds CDWs for commitment to uplifting communities

Date: 15 Apr 2013

Deputy Minister for Public Service and administration, Ms Ayanda Dlodlo, today address Community Development Workers CDWs in Kimberley in the Northern Cape as part of the ongoing nationwide Open Governance Partnership (OGP) workshops.

Accompanied by DPSA Service Delivery Improvement, Transformation and Organisational Development Deputy Director-General, Ms Colette Clarke, and the Governance and International Relations DDG, Dr Alex Mahapa including Northern Cape MEC (name)for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Deputy minister commended the CDWs and said even thought they lack adequate facilities, even convert their own outside rooms and garages into offices at home where they pursue government work.

"This is a highly commendable display of commitment to your work, but you still need state assistance in providing you with adequate tools of trade in order for you to help the government fulfil its mandate of bringing a better life to ordinary citizens," she said.

CDWs are civil servants who provide government services to communities in their own areas, and also alert government on the needs and challenges those communities encounter on a daily basis.

The workshops, which have already taken place in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, are two-fold as they address communities on both the recent CDW Conference on the one hand, and provide feedback on the progress made by the OGP.

The OGP is an international forum of peer nations with set democratic standards and commitments that member states have to achieve in advancing citizen participation, accountability, transparency and fight against corruption.

The workshop was also attended by local government officials and the the traditional leadership of the Khoisan communities.

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