Mpumalanga to host Izimbizo presidential tranche of district development model
Mpumalanga Province will host the third installment of the District Development Model (DDM) Presidential Izimbizo next week.
The Imbizo will take place on Friday, May 20, 2022 in the small town of Carolina in the local municipality of Chief Albert Luthuli under the district of Gert Sibande.
The Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs said the Presidential Imbizo in Mpumalanga follows a series of successful episodes of the Presidential Izimbizo in the North West and Free State provinces respectively.
“In line with the dictates of cooperative governance, the President will be accompanied by the Prime Minister, various Cabinet Ministers including DDM Champions, Provincial MECs, Mayors and Councillors.
“Ahead of the Presidential Imbizo, various government leaders will conduct community-building engagements across the province to give citizens a chance to interact directly with government and access nearby services,” the official said. ministry.
The Presidential Imbizo offers all social partners, government, traditional leaders, civil society bodies (workers, women, youth, people with disabilities, businesses) and communities the opportunity to collectively commit to the best way to address immediate challenges and create lasting conditions. – sustainable stability and development.
This platform for public participation has been informed by the country’s participatory democracy that enjoins citizens to make their voices heard, especially in their own development and service delivery.
“To ensure that everyone can have a chance to engage, some areas of concern will be submitted in writing to the Imbizo scribes as it will not be possible for everyone to speak on that day,” a- he declared.
Government leadership in the three spheres of government led by the President will also record issues raised and respond with clear timelines and action plans.
The President is committed to continuing to build an ethical, capable and developmental state that fulfills its mandate and is free from corruption in all areas.
President Ramaphosa stressed that no one will be left behind as the government works with all sectors of society to move the country forward and the Imbizo is an important step towards achieving this goal and building a pact global social service to improve the lives of all South Africans.
The DDM, which is a whole-of-government and societal approach, advocates integrated and responsive planning, implementation and budgeting guided by the “One Plans”, to leverage provincial endowments for the benefit of communities in Mpumalanga.
To this end, the districts of Ehlanzeni, Nkangala and Gert Sibande have finalized their unique plans in which all public participation processes have been followed. Effective implementation of the One Plans will ensure that no one is left behind in Mpumalanga’s growth.
The State of Local Government Report (2021) shows that there is generally a challenge in municipalities in this province. Out of 20 municipalities, only one is stable.
“This speaks to the importance of institutionalizing and implementing MDD. Through the implementation of the DDM, municipalities will be better able to assist in the effective and efficient functioning of municipalities, the province can reverse unacceptable levels of unemployment, inequality and poverty,” the ministry said.
The Presidential Imbizo aims to ensure the sustainability and efficiency of municipalities that are characterized by poor service delivery and slow development due to the lack of coherent planning, budgeting and implementation.
This citizen-centred government promotes the involvement of all stakeholders in their governance and development. This is important, especially in the context of recent local government elections which have renewed the people’s mandate of local government.
As a result, all municipalities have adopted their Municipal Support and Response Plans (PMIA) to address the challenges identified, with the exception of the Municipality of Bushbuckridge.
Mpumalanga has developed and adopted its Mpumalanga Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (MERRP) which aims to address the negative impact of COVID-19 on the province’s economy and livelihoods.
The MERRP aims to revive the provincial economy by focusing on seven priority interventions, including the planned “massive” deployment of infrastructure; growth through industrialization, localization and export promotion through the roll-out of the Mpumalanga Industrial Development Plan (MIDP), including the establishment of three industrial technology parks, the revitalization of Ekandustria Industrial Park, Nkomazi SEZ and the Mpumalanga International Fresh Produce Market, to name but a few.
(With contributions from the South African government press release)