Children first: Minister Bathabile attentively listening to children tell her about their rights during the closing ceremony of CPW.
Thousands of children plead with the Minister and society to ensure their safety and wellbeing.
The Child Protection Week which was launched in Franklin (Kokstad) last week Sunday closed with much aplomb yesterday in Soshanguve, North of Pretoria.
SASSA CEO Ms Virginia Petersen has commended the Northern Cape SASSA staff for their hard work, sacrifices and loyalty.
This follows the Region’s excellent performance at the 10th Annual Batho Pele Premier’s Service Excellence Awards in Kimberley recently. The Region scooped three awards at the Ceremony which was held at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre.
“This is an affirmation of all the hard work and sacrifices made by the staff in the Region. The other Regions have big shoes to fill to catch up to the Northern Cape. Thank you for putting SASSA on the service delivery map,” said Ms Petersen.
The Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini announced the establishment of a special service delivery improvement initiative – Project Mikondzo.
In terms of this initiative, the Department of Social Development, SASSA and National Development Agency (NDA)’s administrative staff will be based in the communities doing fieldwork to ensure that access to services is enhanced and that government is adequately responsive to immediate socio-economic challenges facing our communities.
The name Mikondzo is a Xitsonga name referring to footprints. It refers to the Department’s aim to expand and leave a positive service delivery footprint by bringing all its services to the people. Mikondzo teams have already started working in Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Eastern Cape, North West and Gauteng.
20 October 2017 | Media advisory
The Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini, will on Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22, take Project Mikondzo to rural communities of Lusikisiki and Mbizana respectively.
Project Mikondzo is a service delivery tool aimed at improving the living conditions of rural and poor communities in an integrated manner by bringing social development services.
Earlier this year, the communities around Lusikisiki told President Jacob Zuma that they could not afford to buy school uniform for their children. Minister Dlamini committed to providing school uniform to poor and deserving pupils. Eight Hundred and Thirty Nine (839) learners were identified and they will receive their school uniform.
Last week, the Department of Social Development held dialogues with the community of Nkantolo in Mbizana where the struggle and liberation leader OR Tambo was born. The community revealed that many people in the area were unemployed and survived on social grants and temporary road works projects.
Residents also cited their challenges were not limited to abject poverty but a lack of proper infrastructure, water and health care facilities were a grave concern. They said they were desperate for decent housing as they lived in mud houses. They appealed to the Department to build Early Childhood Development Centres for their children.
Minister Dlamini's visit forms part of the centenary celebrations to honour OR Tambo who was born in Nkantolo. October is also Social Development Month.
Members of the media are invited to attend and cover Lusikisiki and Mbizana events arranged as follows:
Date: Saturday, 21 October 2017
Venue: Lusikisiki College – Eastern Cape Province
Date: Sunday, 22 October 2017
Venue: Nkantolo Village in Bizana – Eastern Cape Province
Issued by The National Department of Social Development
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