VISIBLE GOVERNMENT STOPS BY TO LISTEN
Residents should be getting used to the sight of Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Premiers, MECs and mayors visiting communities countrywide. The campaign gets more intense with this year's second National Imbizo Week from 26 - 31 October. Thanks to izimbizo, more and more people are learning about government's programmes to improve their lives. They are also getting to know their local councillors and have opportunities to talk to senior government officials. Some get to meet the President or Deputy President.
Right to be heard
Through izimbizo, all levels of government meet with local communities. It gives communities a chance to use their right to be heard. Their views help government to build a better life for all.
A task team has been set up to help organise the imbizo programme. The team includes representatives from different government departments. Communities will be informed of izimbizo in their areas through local municipalities and ward committees.
Since it was started, Izimbizo have:
- given communities a chance to use their democratic right to be heard;
- helped government to see what problems communities experience on the ground;
- helped government to see which communities had the greatest need; and
- given government and communities a chance to work together to find solutions to problems.
So far, most local municipalities have adopted Integrated Development Programmes. About half have approved Local Economic Development plans. This is in line with the five-year plans adopted by municipalities after the local elections to improve service delivery.
- Justice Mohale