4 April 2016
Government opened the national Imbizo Focus Week on 4th April in Ga- Seleka Village, Lephalale Municipality in the Limpopo Province. The thematic focus for the Imbizo Focus Week is the Nine-Point Plan which is comprising of simultaneous actions in key strategic areas, at a scale large enough for a ‘Big Push' to ignite economic growth. The Acting Minister of Communications Mr Mosebenzi Zwane, opened the event with a follow-up Imbizo in Lephalale to assess progress since Communications Minister Ms Faith Muthambi and visited the area in November 2016.
The Nine-Point Plan also supports the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) and is intended to ignite and propel economic growth. Izimbizo are a uniquely South African channel of direct, face-to-face communication between publicly elected representatives and this is the fourth focus week since the current administration took office in 2009. Some highlight events focussing on the Nine-Point Plan include the following:-
On Wednesday, 6 April 2016 Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane will conduct a site inspection or visit to the Umzimvubu Water Project located in Umzimvubu, Alfred Nzo District Municipality in the Eastern Cape as part of government’s Infrastructure Development Programme and its quest to address clean water provision challenges in the province.
On Thursday, 7 April 2016 Minister of Energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson will host a Symbolic Electricity Switch-on and Community Imbizo at Walmer, in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro in the Eastern Cape.
On Friday, 8 April 2016 the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Oceans Economy led by Minister Edna Molewa will be at the harbour of Port Elizabeth to showcase the developments and provide progress report. President Zuma is expected to attend.
On Sunday, 10 April 2016, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana will embark on a follow-up visit to Ncorha, Ncora village in Chris Hani Municipality, Eastern Cape to showcase the developments in Agri-parks projects.
The Imbizo Focus Week programme also provides an opportunity for Ministers and Deputy Ministers to revisit communities and give feedback on progress made in the implementation of government programmes particularly the Nine-Point Plan which is aimed at igniting economic growth and job creation.
The Focus Week will also reinforce the need for all eligible voters to make their voices heard in coming elections by ensuring they are registered and have, where necessary, check their registration details
Government encourages communities to attend the Izimbizo events which will be held in their respective areas and actively participate in the engagements and dialogues. Thirty-eight events are planned countrywide in this week. Members of the public are invited to attend these, detailed schedule is available on www.gov.za.
For updates during Imbizo Focus Week, follow at @GCISMedia @SAGovNews and @GovernmentZA, join the conversation using the #ImbizoWeek or #9PointPlan.
Ms Phumla Williams (Acting Cabinet Spokesperson)
Cell: 083 501 0139
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