South Africa: President Imbizo settles in the Free State


President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the government’s engagement with communities at a District Development Model Presidential Imbizo in the Free State’s Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality on Saturday.

The visit to the Free State will be the second Presidential Imbizo following the State of the Nation (SONA) address, where engagement with citizens is focused on President SONA’s call to action, “Let nobody aside”.

The President will be accompanied by the Prime Minister of the Free State Province, Sisi Ntombela, a delegation of ministers, members of the provincial executive council and the mayor of Mangaung.

The Cabinet this week approved an intervention by the National Executive in the governance of the Mangaung Metro, under Article 139 (7) of the Constitution.

Following the failure of the Free State provincial executive to implement a financial recovery plan in the metro, the municipality is now placed under national intervention.

In a statement released on Friday, the presidency said the intervention was aimed at helping the metro improve its finances and fulfill its mandate, and return to sound governance and a better life for residents, businesses and citizens. other stakeholders.

“The Presidential Imbizo will help highlight challenges and unlock any blockages to service delivery in line with the District Development Model (DDM).

“President Ramaphosa will interact with communities on their experience of day-to-day life in the province, service delivery challenges, and community initiatives and solutions to improve socio-economic conditions,” the presidency said.

The Cabinet adopted the DDM in August 2019. It is an integrated planning model for cooperative governance that is intended to be a new integrated, district-based service delivery approach aimed at accelerating service delivery. It also aims to ensure that municipalities receive adequate support and resources to fulfill their mandate.

The model has been endorsed by government structures, including Cabinet, to embed service delivery that will be more practical, achievable, achievable, measurable and clearly aligned with key government priorities.

The model aims to change the face of rural and urban landscapes by ensuring complementarity between urban and rural development, with a deliberate focus on local economic development.

The model, which has helped the country restart and rebuild the local municipal economy, is critical to service delivery in the Free State.

Saturday’s imbizo is meant to add momentum to the president’s stated commitment that no one will be left behind as the government works with all sectors of society to move the country forward.

Before the imbizo, the president will visit the Vereeniging interchange, after the extension of Vereeniging Ave and the construction of a bridge over the railway line.

This infrastructure project was launched for spatial integration and to reduce traffic congestion.

The President will visit Motheo TVET Artisans College, which is one of four public technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges in the Free State. It comprises six campuses, including a center for entrepreneurship, a rapid incubator and a craft academy.

He will then engage communities at the Dr Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein.

The visit to the Free State is the second Presidential Imbizo following President Ramaphosa’s visit to Mahikeng in March.


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