Build-up to Mandela Day begins with Public Service Week

2015-07-23 06:01

IN pursuance of good governance and ensuring seamless service delivery to communities, various spheres of government and non-government organisations this week will embark on a vigorous week-long public service programme for Public Service Week from 13 to 17 July­.

Senior management from provincial and local­ government have been deployed to perform­ community development functions with the aim of getting a grass-root perspective of community needs and how government can swiftly assist.

Through Operation Sukuma Sakhe (OSS), 56 Wards within Ugu District have been identified as poverty stricken of which 21 of the identified are in a dire state.

Ugu Mayor, Cllr Ntombifikile Gumede, who also holds the position of being the OSS champion in Ugu District said: ”We need to enforce a collaborative­ approach in assisting disadvantaged communities by improving their state of living. The identified poverty stricken wards require immediate intervention from government and at the conclusion of the Public Service Week, I trust that immediate corrective measures, where possible, would have been activated while long-term plans are being developed.”

Public Service Week is one of the many build- up events to Mandela Day - 18 July - by government in collaboration with the private sector in honour of one of the country’s greatest statesmen.

It is also one of Batho Pele flagship projects, entrenching the culture of “putting people first”.

As a mark of respect to late former president, Nelson Mandela, communities are urged to perform at least one act of kindness and change the lives of less fortunate communities in Ugu District for the better.

The municipality promotes working together to create an environment that is friendly responsive, accountable, effective and efficient for communities

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