SPEECHES

Remarks of the Minister for the Public Service and Administration Adv. Ngoako Ramatlhodi, MP, at the Ministerial Imbizo

Date: 16 Nov 2016

Premier of Mpumalanga Province

Executive Mayor of Mbombela Municipality

Speaker of the Legislature

Councillors

Senior Managers present

Our esteemed guests - the Community of Mbombela Municipality

Abuxheni, Dumelang

Programme Director:

Last year we were here on the 16 November and this makes just two days to a year. Today, we are back here in Mbombela MunicipaIity to engage with you as part of Government’s Imibizo Focus Week. On 16 November 2015, we had the opportunity to visit service delivery points such as Themba Hospital, the local police station and conducted door-to-door visits. The purpose was to gain first-hand experience and information about how Government provides services to you.

During our visit last year, yourselves as the community, raised a number of service delivery challenges you faced. As a caring government, we listened attentively and we have come back to account on how those challenges are being addressed. We must admit at the outset that “Rome was not built in one day”. Our are centuries old inherited challenges that we as a caring government will never rest until the wishes of our government and the people for a better life are fulfilled.

Ladies and Gentlemen: (Sepedi or Tsonga)

  • With regards to the issue of the infrastructure – I am glad to report that the Municipality has appointed the service provider who is already on-site and ready to commence with the work of construction of the road. This new road will move the community of Zwelitsha forward.

    • During the door-to-door visit, we came across a destitute family with a young lady who passed matric with exemptions but could not proceed to tertiary institution due to lack of funds. I am happy to report that, through the intervention of the Mpumalanga Department of Health, the young lady is currently enrolled at the Mpumalanga Nursing College.

    • Also during the door-to-door visit, we encountered a child-headed family which relied on family and neighbours for food. The good news is that the Mpumalanga Department of Health and Social Development, working with the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), provided food parcels to this family.

    Honourable Premier:

    As government, we are enjoined by the National Development Plan (Plan) whose intention programme is to eliminate poverty, unemployment and reduce inequality by 2030. The NDP requires us to radically transform the economy by raising employment through faster economic growth, improve the quality of education, skills development and innovation. The NDP focuses on building a capable State to play a developmental and transformative role.

    Ladies and Gentlemen:

    The NDP success also requires you, the citizens of our country, to be active participants in the process of building a prosperous society for our country.

    As government, we are here today to engage and interact with you with a sole purpose of ensuring you receive quality services.

    We are here because Batho Pele Principles mandates us that we must put you, People First.

    We are here to engage with you because as a Government, We Belong (to you), We Care (about you), We Serve (you).

    We are here because "Together We Move South Africa Forward: It is Our Future – let's make it work."

    I thank you.


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