Mrs J M Maluleke (ANC) to ask the Minister for the Public Service and Administration:
How does she plan to (a) bring Community Development Workers (CDWs) closer to communities and (b) enable the communities to participate meaningfully in service delivery improvement forums?NO865E
Hounourable member I need to emphasize that Community Development Workers are central to the implementation of Government programmes as well as help bridge the gap between Government and communities. We intend to increase the tools of trade available to them and encourage them to undertake regular door to door visits to identify community needs. CDWs are positioned to mobilize volunteers on service delivery improvement forums. Finally, they will serve as a conduit to communicate Government programmes. We recently held a national CDW Indaba addressed by the President wherein our goal was to revitilise the CDW programme, to empower CDWs with insights into Government programmes and how they could undertake advocacy programmes.