Better communication between government and public

The Ekurhuleni metro has pinpointed lack of information as one of the main reasons for service delivery protests, and wishes to improve interaction between government and the people through the Imbizo programme.

The Imbizo will kick off next week, Tuesday, February 25, and Wednesday, February 26, with the mayor of Ekurhuleni, Mondli Gungubele, and his cabinet engaging communities on service delivery.

Mayoral spokesperson, Zweli Dlamini, appeals to communities to come out in numbers to the public meetings.

“As a city we believe that we must report back to communities.

“We believe that interaction with communities directly is the best way to find out their views on government, what their service delivery frustrations are, but also just to ensure that they participate in general governance of their region,” explains Dlamini.

Dlamini says such meetings will take place every six months to ensure that people get regular updates on the activities of the municipality.

“What makes this particular programme even more special and extremely important is the fact that it is the last one before the next national and provincial elections,” he says.

Members of the public can expect to get a report on the city’s successes since 1994, the past five years, and the present status quo in terms of development, unemployment and service delivery in general.

Dlamini says a total of 10 Izimbizo’s will take place next week with five each day.

On Tuesday, February 25, meetings will take place at Stompie Skosana Hall in Etwatwa, Leondale Hall, Jiyane High School in Tembisa, KwaThema Hall, and Vosloorus Hall.

On Wednesday, February 26, the programme moves to McKenzie Hall in Benoni, Zonkizizwe sports ground, Thokoza auditorium, Rabasotho Hall in Tembisa, and Faranani in Tsakane.

All the gatherings will start at 5pm and various members of the mayoral committee are deployed to address each meeting.

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