Media release

Government encourages communities to participate in the Imbizo Focus Week activities

06 April 2016

6 April 2016

The fourth National Imbizo Focus Week of the current administration is gaining momentum countrywide and over forty events are currently underway until the 10th of April 2016.  Members of national, provincial and local government are interacting with communities across the country throughout the week. The Imbizo activities comprise door-to-door, household, and project visits, as well as stakeholder and community engagements.  Communities also interact with their leaders on their local community radio stations.

Through the Imbizo Focus Week, government also have an opportunity to advance awareness and understanding of the Nine-Point Plan which supports the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) and is intended to ignite and propel economic growth and job creation.

Since Monday, eight Izimbizo have already taken place including the official opening of the week by the Acting Minister of Communications, Mosebenzi Zwane in Ga-Seleka Community Hall in Lephalale on Monday the 04th of April 2016.
Today, the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Des Van Rooyen is in Mogalakwena Local Municipality, Limpopo Province meeting with traditional leaders and community members.

Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Enver Surty is in Sophakama Primary School, Dunoon in Cape Town to monitor the progress made by the school since the handover of R40 Million state of the art school facility in June 2015. The Deputy Minister will also hand out 2000 food parcels to learners at the school.

On Thursday 07 April 2016, Minister Mosebenzi Zwane will host an Imbizo at Umzumbe Municipality, Ndumakude Community Hall, Ward 13 to engage with communities on mining developments in the KwaZulu-Natal Province. The Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize will be in Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality in Tsakane Community Library to engage the youth and community members in the context of the Creation of Smart City Connectivity for improved quality of life.

Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Candith Mashego-Dlamini will embark on a follow up visit to AgriPark Production site, Ngangengqili Custom Feed & Milling Plant in Mqanduli, Eastern Cape Province.  The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mzwandile Masina will visit Modder River Richview to officially open the GWK Food Processing Factory in Kimberly, Northern Cape Province.

“Government calls on all citizens to attend Izimbizo activities which will be happening in their respective communities and participate in the dialogues and jointly play a role in achieving the objectives outlined in the National Development Plan” said the Acting Cabinet Spokesperson, Phumla Williams.

For updates during Imbizo Focus Week, follow at @GCISMedia @SAGovNews and @GovernmentZA, join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #ImbizoWeek or #9PointPlan.  The full programme can be found on the government website

Phumla Williams (Acting Cabinet Spokesperson)
Cell: 083 501 0139

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