Lack of service delivery, corruption, inadequate housing and crime – these are some of the challenges President Cyril Ramaphosa has pledged the government will tackle in the Free State’s Mangaung metro.
The First Citizen led a Presidential Imbizo on Saturday to engage the people of Mangaung on the challenges they face on a daily basis. The imbizo was part of the Neighborhood Development Model (DDM), which is deployed to improve the quality of life for citizens.
“We have heard your concerns and as government we will address them,” President Ramaphosa said during the community engagement at Dr Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein.
The Cabinet this week approved an intervention by the National Executive in the governance of the Mangaung Metro, in accordance with Article 139 (7) of the Constitution.
Following the failure of the Free State provincial executive to implement a financial recovery plan in the metro, the municipality is now placed under national intervention.
In a statement released on Friday, the presidency said the intervention was aimed at helping the metro improve its finances and fulfill its mandate, and return to good governance and a better life for residents, business and public. other stakeholders.
The president assured on Saturday that the government was dealing with corrupt officials and that services would be provided to Mangaung residents.
“The change is here…and the change will continue to be here,” President Ramaphosa said.
Anxious to make their voices heard, residents sent more than 3,000 WhatsApp messages to the presidency. President Ramaphosa pledged that the Minister in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele, and his staff will review and address the concerns raised.
Residents speak out, elected officials commit to action
Ezekiel Mphahlele, a Mangaung resident who witnessed the imbizo, said SAnews he looks forward to the government addressing their long-standing concerns.
“I hope things will change. The president will crack the whip and remove all the corrupt officials from our municipality,” Mphahlele said.
Another resident, Ephraim Lekalakala, wants corrupt officials sacked because they “only employ their friends and family members”.
“We cannot be employed because these officials want us to bribe them before they employ us,” Lekalakala said.
In his response to concerns over crime, Police Minister Bheki Cele assured the community that he would visit the area again in three weeks.
Cele said the police would arrest criminals regardless of their nationality.
“We stop first, then ask later where you’re from,” the minister said.
Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu responded to concerns about blocked sewage pipes, saying his department would repair all worn pipes.
Regarding the province’s roads, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said his department had earmarked R1.4 billion to repair the province’s roads.
The minister said the South African National Roads Agency has been asked to help repair roads in the Free State.
President Ramaphosa has once again assured that his administration is dealing with corrupt officials to pave the way for efficient and timely service delivery.
He said the imbizo must result in the resolution of service delivery issues raised by the community.
He thanked the community of Mangaung for their participation in the imbizo.
President Ramaphosa launched the imbizo by visiting the Vereeniging interchange, after the extension of Vereeniging Avenue and the construction of a bridge over the railway line. This infrastructure project was launched for spatial integration and to reduce traffic congestion.
From there, the President traveled to Motheo TVET Artisans College, which is one of four public technical vocational education and training institutions. [TVET] Free State Colleges. It comprises six campuses, including a center for entrepreneurship, a rapid incubator and a craft academy.
During today’s imbizo, the President was accompanied by the Prime Minister of the Free State, Sisi Ntombela, a delegation of ministers, members of the provincial executive council and the mayor of Mangaung.
The visit to the Free State is the second Presidential Imbizo following President Ramaphosa’s visit to Mahikeng in the northwest in March.
The Cabinet adopted the DDM in August 2019. It is an integrated planning model for cooperative governance, which is intended to be a new integrated, district-based service delivery approach aimed at accelerating service delivery .
It also aims to ensure that municipalities have adequate support and resources to fulfill their mandate.
The model has been endorsed by government structures, including Cabinet, to embed service delivery that will be more practical, achievable, achievable, measurable and clearly aligned with key government priorities. – SAnews