As from April 2011, Vuk’uzenzele has taken on new look and will be published every month instead of every second month. Instead of its former A4 format, the printed version of Vuk’uzenzele is now published as a tabloid newspaper. It will still be full of news and advice on socio-economic opportunities created by government, and how to access these opportunities.
Government has committed itself to making a difference in the lives of people by addressing five key priority areas. They are education, safety and security, health, job creation and rural development.
Each issue of Vuk’uzenzele will carry information and news about government’s programmes relating to these priorities. It will include a special four-page supplement, called Employment News, which will address matters relating to job creation, careers and skills development. Among other things, it will also feature news on youth matters, international relations, events, advice and sport and recreation.
It has a print run of 1,7 million copies, which are distributed in all nine provinces, in large part door-to-door in deep rural, rural and peri-urban areas. It is published in all official languages, but the majority of the print-run is in English. It is also published in Braille for the visually impaired.
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From the Editor's desk...
Welcome to the first, Cabinet-approved, new-look edition of government’s Vuk’uzenzele newspaper, which replaces the popular magazine format that was previously published every two months.
With this new monthly publication, government is able to provide information more frequently. This means the information you discover here will be fresher and more interesting than before.
Vuk’uzenzele is brought to you by the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), which is part of the Presidency. It is tasked with ensuring that government communicates with all South Africans across our vast country.
At Vuk’uzenzele, our job is to provide you, our readers, with information you can use to improve your lives, based on the various services provided by government.
For this reason, Vuk’uzenzele is focused on government’s five priorities: health, safety, education, rural development and - most importantly - job creation.
With jobs in mind, Vuk’uzenzele has a monthly supplement, Employment News, that tells you what government is doing to create jobs, and includes advertisements for some of these opportunities.
Beyond your own community and neighbourhood, Vuk’uzenzele also brings you stories each month on South Africa’s international relations. We do so because South Africa is an important player in the world and because we use our international relations to improve conditions in our own country.
For example, it is through our good relations with a country such as Switzerland and a foreign investor such as Nestlé that opportunities are being created for communal farmers in KwaZulu-Natal and ice cream vendors (Employment News).
With July being Moral Regeneration Month and the birthday month of the Eastern Cape’s and South Africa’s world-renowned icon, Nelson Mandela, we provide you with a list (page 15) of things you could do to honour Madiba and to serve individuals and communities around you.
Vuk’uzenzele also invites you to keep in touch with us. Our letters page is there for you to speak your mind and to tell us about your experiences with our new newspaper or with opportunities created by government in your community. You can also use this platform to pass on story ideas of your own. We welcome your interest and feedback.
– The Editor