Zwelithini calls for creative thinking

2013-06-14 00:00

RURAL development in KwaZulu-Natal is getting lots of attention — but for now, most of it involves talk shops.

Yesterday, in Durban, a two-day colloquium began to chart a path for an upcoming summit on rural development.

King Goodwill Zwelithini urged participants to do more than just talk.

“Rural people are citizens. We must not deceive them. Please don’t talk rural development without having gone to their places and appreciated the problems they have,” Zwelithini said.

Zwelithini also warned about implementing rural development programmes that had failed elsewhere and called for creative thinking, especially where food provision was concerned.

Nhlanhla Mtaka, of the Ingonyama Rural Development Forum (IRDF) secretariat, said discussions at the colloquium would inform the upcoming summit.

“We need to debate and come up with agreements,” he said.

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