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.

Minister launches Musina Intermodal Terminal

Minister Rob Davies cuts the ribbon to mark the launch of the Musina Intermodal Terminal while other dignitaries are witnessing. Minister Rob Davies cuts the ribbon to mark the launch of the Musina Intermodal Terminal while other dignitaries are witnessing.

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davis said the launch of the multi-million rand Musina Intermodal Terminal (MIT) is a stepping stone towards government’s realization and implementation of the Musina Special Economic Zone. The minster was addressing guests from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique during the official launch of the MIT at Musina.

The logistical hub, which was conceived through the partnership between Lionshare Holdings, Messina Associated Carriers, Citrus Growers Association, Barloworld, Transnet and Barberry Group, aims to reduce the transportation of cargo by roads while at the same time promoting the usage of rail.

Davis said government welcomes the launch and congratulated the partners for coming up with the long-awaited initiative instead of waiting for the government to take lead. “Today we are celebrating the private sector front runners in this project. As advocates for safe environment, we really welcome this initiative with open hearts because the intermodal solution is cost competitive and produces lower carbon emissions than road transport. We were reliably informed that this initiative will provide further benefits for mining ventures located in this area that need to store mining equipment until it is required by the mining operation. This is going to play a meaningful role in the development of our regional economy.”

He said the logistics hub is in line with government’s strategy of moving away from road to rail cargo delivery. “In addition, this initiative will result in reduced road damage and accidents, expedited border crossing and enhanced driver management as a result of the shorter road distances travelled.”

Meanwhile, the MEC for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism, Seaparo Sekoati said the provincial government is excited about the MIT launch as it will create an enabling environment for the transportation business. “This is bearing testimony that we are moving towards the right direction in the realization of the Limpopo Development Plan. It is good to see that the private sector is helping government in economic development initiatives.”

The member of the Executive Council of Musina Municipality, Cllr Jeremia Khunwana said: “As we aspire to be a city in the near future, it is important to have more efficient transport solutions that will lower logistics costs, contributes to economic growth, while simultaneously being a catalytic input to human development. The Intermodal transportation is actually one of the top five trends impacting the transportation industry today and we are happy to be counted among the first to have one here in Limpopo.”

The Chairman of Musina Intermodal Terminal, Dr Morley Nkosi thanked the support from partners, local, provincial and national government towards the realization of the MIT. “It would have been impossible for us as private sector to realize this dream without the support from our partners and government. Indeed, the initiative will bring new life into the regional logistics industry.”

Musina Municipality reviews communication strategy

The Director of Communications and Spokesperson of the Limpopo Department of Education, Dr. Naledzani Rasila addressing government communicators, members of ward committees and representatives of community structures during the review of Musina Municipality communication strategy. The Director of Communications and Spokesperson of the Limpopo Department of Education, Dr. Naledzani Rasila addressing government communicators, members of ward committees and representatives of community structures during the review of Musina Municipality communication strategy.

The Director of Communications and Spokesperson of the Limpopo Department of Education, Dr. Naledzani Rasila said communicators should play a meaningful role to avert service delivery protests around the country. Rasila was speaking to government communicators, members of ward committees and representatives of community structures during the review of Musina Municipality communication strategy.

“The majority of the service delivery protests can be averted if government communicators are effectively communicating the achievements of the state. Research tells us that some of our community members go to the streets because of lack of information. Government has done a lot to improve the lives of the South Africans since 1994 but we still lack behind in telling those good stories to our communities. It is the duty of the government communicator to inform community members about the good things that government is doing. Besides good things, challenges and interventions must also be effectively communicated to the people.” Said Rasila.

Rasila said communicators are faces of their institutions and as such, they must always conduct themselves in a professional manner. “A communicator remains on duty even after office hours. Note that whatever you do in your social life will always be linked to your institution. Those who use social media accounts on their personal capacity must do so with caution. Everything that you comment on social media, even on personal capacity, might be considered as a view of your institution.”

Meanwhile, the Communications Manager of Musina Municipality, Wilson Dzebu said a well-crafted communication strategy plays vital role in the effective communication system of the municipality. “This is the document that guides Council on how to effectively communicate government programmes to empower community members. It also gives direction on who communicates what types of messages within the municipality. By taking the needs of our target audience into account, it becomes easier for us to communicate effectively. After the inputs made by communicators, we will consolidate the document and submit it to council for adoption.”

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