MSINGA Municipality led a successful 20 year celebration of the Thusong Service Centre Programme, which was initiated in 1999. The celebration was held at the Tugela Ferry Thusong Centre on September 19 and was graced by the attendance of traditional leaders, Msinga councillors, pupils from around Msinga, and community members.The centre is a one-stop service centre that provides information and services to communities through the development communication approach. The programme involves a unique approach where government departments join hands to present services to the community and offer assistance to those in need.The event, celebrated during the 2019 Thusong Service Centre Week, took place under the theme: “Khawuleza: Taking Services to the People, Batho Pele. We Belong, We Care, We Serve”. Msinga Mayor, Councillor Buyiswa Ngcobo, commended the community for making use of the Thusong Centre services. “For the past 20 years, Thusong Service Centres have been the critical driving force of change. “Behind the successful provision of the services by the programme, we want to highlight the achievements of the partnership between local, provincial and national government in ensuring that the work of the Thusong Centre Programme, through ‘a call to serve’, in various Thusong Centres within Msinga is achieved. “It is our responsibility as the municipality to ensure that our people get services and information through the Thusong Centre programme,” Ngcobo said. The event’s programme began with an exhibition and rendering of services by various stakeholders, including the Department of Labour; Government Communication and Information System; Department of Social Development; Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs; Community Works Programme under the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs; Msinga Library; Independent Electoral Commission; National Computer College; Road Accident Fund; Amahle Benefit Scheme; and Msinga Municipality Fire and Disaster. According to Tugela Ferry Centre Manager Dudu Molefe, most of the services offered have an existence at the Tugela Ferry Centre. “We had to invite external stakeholders so that the community could have better access to services and information to improve their lives,” said Molefe.