President Zuma to launch Siyahlola Presidential Monitoring Programme
20 Jul 2012
President Jacob Zuma will on Tuesday, 24 July 2012, formally launch the Siyahlola Presidential Monitoring Programme in uMzimkhulu on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal.
This is President Zuma’s hands on, on-site monitoring of government performance in the delivery of services to the communities. In the past, the President has visited a number of areas in different provinces including Limpopo, North West, Eastern Cape and Gauteng.
The visit to uMzimkhulu will introduce the programme formally, given the success it has generated since the President undertook his first visit to the Eastern Cape in June 2011 to monitor service delivery in education.
UMzimkhulu received a special mention during the President’s State of the Nation Address in 2011, after a resident Mr Bongokuhle Miya wrote on the Presidency Facebook page that his hometown of uMzimkhulu was in a poor, depilated condition, alerting the President to challenges such as flooding in the town, sewerage overflow and animals roaming the roads freely.
After President Zuma mentioned the details of this posting in the State of the Nation Address last year, a Presidential Monitoring team comprising of officials from the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation paid a visit to the municipality to assess the nature of the challenges and proposed interventions by the municipality, in partnership with other spheres of government.
The visit will give the President an opportunity to assess first-hand any progress with various service delivery initiatives in the area, including road diversion and re-landscaping, an upgrade of the storm water drainage system, a sewerage treatment a facility for animal pounding.
The President will conduct site visits to planned, ongoing as well as completed projects.
President Zuma will then attend a community engagement session, in order to obtain feedback on government’s delivery on its priorities in the uMzimkhulu area.
Details of the President’s visit are as follows:
Site visit one: visit to the pound project
Construction of a pound that will retain stray animals.
(Travel about 4km on tar road from uMzimkhulu town to the Pound)
Site visit two: visit to the water project
Construction of a 2.5 million litres (ML) water reservoir. The President will see the entire town of uMzimkhulu from the Reservoir.
(Travel about 1km on mixed (tar and gravel) road from the Pound to the Water Reservoir)
Site visit three: visit to the sewer treatment plant
Sewer Treatment Plant that has been constructed to deal with the sewer spillage in Umzimkhulu.
(Travel about 2.5km on tar road from Water Reservoir to the Sewer Treatment Plant)
Site visit four: walk about within the town of uMzimkhulu
President to be shown the streets where there were sewer spillages
(Travel about 1km on tar road from Sewer Treatment Plant to the town of uMzimkhulu)
Site visit five: visit to Mlozana Junior Secondary School
Opening of a new school that has been built next to the old school building
(Travel about 20km on tar road from uMzimkhulu to Mlozana Junior Secondary School in Ibisi Township)
Details are as follows:
Venue: Ibisi Township (Travel about 1kim on tar road from Mlozana Junior Secondary School to the venue of the community meeting in Ibisi)
Media wishing to attend the visit are requested to send their RSVPs to:
Cell: 083 261 8470
Cell: 083 276 1295
Cell: 082 339 1993
Cell: 082 847 9799
Issued by: The Presidency
20 Jul 2012
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