Minister conducts Mandeni imbizo

2016-07-20 06:00
Photo: supplied Mandeni municipal speaker Makhosazana Zungu, iLembe District deputy mayor Dolly Shandu, Minister Jeff Radebe and Mandeni mayor Siphesihle Zulu at the service delivery monitoring Imbizo last week.

Photo: supplied Mandeni municipal speaker Makhosazana Zungu, iLembe District deputy mayor Dolly Shandu, Minister Jeff Radebe and Mandeni mayor Siphesihle Zulu at the service delivery monitoring Imbizo last week.

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THE Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) and chairperson of the National Planning Commission, Jeff Redebe, held a service delivery imbizo in Mandeni on Wednesday, 13 July.

The imbizo led to unannounced monitoring visits to service delivery facilities in Mandeni where Radebe assessed the quality of work being done and services delivered.

He also visited the Mandeni South African Social Services Agency (Sassa), Home Affairs offices and the local clinic.

He said he noticed during his visit to the Sassa offices that they urgently need to be refurbished to ensure the elderly can access them with ease and be serviced accordingly.

“When we visited the clinic, we saw three nurses working hard there. We are happy that this clinic, which was built in 2007, is open for 24 hours each day and that the community receives adequate health services,” said Radebe.

He said a radiology machine should be purchased for the clinic and young people should be trained to work the machine.

Radebe expressed his dissatisfaction with the local home affairs offices saying it is lamentable that the services are not on par with what the department has set as a standard of performance throughout the country, but he said he is hopeful that discussions held with management would yield positive results.

He said government hosts these imbizos in communities throughout the country as a way of communicating with members of the public to assess whether services are delivered accordingly.

Radebe said government officials and individuals who embezzle public funds should face the law and people who drag their feet with regards to fulfilling their duties in assisting communities should face disciplinary action.


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