Work to­gether, em­power de­prived

The Mercury - - OPINION -

COL­LEC­TIVE ef­forts to­wards poverty erad­i­ca­tion by three spheres of gov­ern­ment, in­clud­ing other stake­hold­ers like tra­di­tional lead­ers, have a po­ten­tial of snow­balling in­di­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tions re­sult­ing in a more syn­er­gised and a joint way of im­ple­ment­ing gov­ern­ment pro­gramme of ac­tion.

This also erad­i­cates the in­cli­na­tion of en­ti­ties of gov­ern­ment work­ing in si­los.

The re­cent two-day visit by Deputy Min­is­ter of Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment and Land Re­form, Can­dith Mashego-Dlamini, ac­com­pa­nied by se­nior man­agers of her de­part­ment, to con­sult and en­gage Mpumalanga dis­trict and lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers, tra­di­tional lead­ers and stake­hold­ers has set a tone in call­ing all struc­tures of gov­ern­ment to work to­gether in fight­ing poverty and bring about rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion.

The en­gage­ments are part of na­tion­wide con­sul­ta­tions un­der­taken by the de­part­ment with dis­trict and lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties as well as other stake­hold­ers on key in­ter­ven­tions to im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery linked to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of ru­ral de­vel­op­ment and poverty al­le­vi­a­tion pro­grammes.

The fact that salient ser­vices are de­liv­ered at a lo­cal and dis­trict level mean all stake­hold­ers at na­tional, pro­vin­cial and lo­cal level need to work in a more co-or­di­nated and syn­chro­nised way to ex­pe­dite and ac­cel­er­ate ser­vice de­liv­ery.

At a na­tional level, the de­part­ment has come up with ground-break­ing pro­grammes such as the Agri-parks’ one house­hold one hectare, and one house­hold and two dairy cows in or­der to stim­u­late eco­nomic par­tic­i­pa­tion of the dis­en­fran­chised.

So work­ing to­gether will dou­ble the im­pact of ser­vice de­liv­ery which will go a long way in speed­ily em­pow­er­ing the pre­vi­ously dis­ad­van­taged.

THEMBA MZULA HLEKO Pre­to­ria

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