Government services brought closer to the people

A community member raises a point during the mayoral imbizo at Makavhini villageA community member raises a point during the mayoral imbizo at Makavhini village

Government has reiterated its commitment to implement an effective and efficient public service. This was demonstrated when services were brought to the communities of Makavhini village in the Niani area during the Musina Municipality Mayoral Imbizo. The area falls under ward 9 of Musina Local Municipality.

Led by the member of Musina Municipality Council Executive Committee (EXCO) Cllr Jeremia Khunwana, government and municipal officials provided services to the local communities who usually travel to Musina town to access those services. Cllr Khunwana was representing Mayor Mihloti Muhlope who could not make it to the event due to other official commitments.

Cllr Khunwana said it is important to restore the dignity of all South Africans after 23 years of democracy. “Everyone has the right to access government services despite their geographical location. Community members should report if government and municipal officials are not treating them with dignity. That is why we encourage employees to have identification cards so that community members are able to identify them. Our wealth is our people and that is why we make sure that they all enjoy the fruits of our freedom. As a responsible government, we are compelled to abide by Batho Pele principles whenever we serve our people. We will ensure that public servants are appropriately skilled to render services to citizens with speed and at a lower cost.”

During the meeting, community members raised service delivery challenges which include water and housing unit shortages, damaged roads, unemployment, crime and shortage of farming land. Khunwana said issues that are competencies of the municipality will be addressed urgently and those that are not will be directed to the relevant stakeholders.   

Government departments and stakeholders that were there to render services include the Musina Municipality, Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), Health and Social Development, Roads and Transport, Home Affairs and SAPS.

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