Media release

Launch of MPCC in Worcester

24 March 2000

24 March 2000

Government will be opening a total of 20 Multi-Purpose Community Centres across the country in the next year. And the next three years will see a total of 55 MPCC's launched country wide, mostly in rural districts, to ensure that government's services reaches the poorest of the poor.

Today marked the successful launch of the third MPCC in Zwelithemba at Worcester in the Western Cape.

Scores of people attended the opening which saw dignitaries from the Departments of Correctional Services, Labour, Public Works, Justice, Education and the Government Communication and Information System.

The centre will render services by government, NGOs and community based organistions. Stakeholders in the centre will be GCIS, the Western Cape Department of Social Services, Child and Family Welfare Society, Institute for the Blind, Institute of the deaf and the Worcester municipality.

GCIS’s Communications Service Agency Chief Director, Chris Vick said the opening was in line with government's Batho Pele or People first committment and President Thabo Mbeki had long supported the idea of one-stop government service and information centres.

Vick said today's launch emphasised the fact that government was prepared to do it's utmost to provide a quality service to all.

He said it was impossible for government departments to work in isolation: 'We have to interact with non governmental organisations and community groups and form partnerships wherever possible'.

He said this would help promote government's vision of a better life for all south Africans.

Issued by: Government Communications (GCIS)


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