OUTCOME 12: AN EFFICIENT, EFFECTIVE AND DEVELOPMENT ORIENTED PUBLIC SERVICE AND AN EMPOWERED, FAIR AND INCLUSIVE CITIZENSHIP
Deputy Minister reaches out to the people
By Joy Themba: GCIS, Mpumalanga
The Deputy Minister of Communications, Pinky Kekana, visited Barberton FM on 5 May 2018 as part of an outreach programme under the theme:
“Building sustainable community media sector and improving governance in the sector”. The Deputy Minister was joined by the Acting Executive Mayor
of the City of Mbombela, Cllr Jabulani Mkhabela. The session was attended by the Government Communication and Information System, Department
of Communications, City of Mbombela Municipality, women organisation, Media Development and Diversity Agency, radio station managers and editors
from both print and electronic media and presenters. The purpose of the session was to engage on issues faced by community media and also finding
sustainable solutions on governance and management.
The station manager, Mduduzi Manana, who is also the chairperson of the National Regulator for
Compulsory Specifications, represented all Mpumalanga community radio stations and shared the impact made by Barberton FM in grooming
presenters who were eventually identified and appointed by the South African Broadcasting Corporation. The Deputy Minister emphasised the
importance of the role played by community media in improving the lives of the people.
Deputy Minister Kekana promised to engage with the South African Local Government Association and advocate for the buying of radio airtime by
municipalities for live broadcasting of council sitting, which will ensure that communities receive first-hand information on service delivery progress
reports and plans.
Tom Nkosi of Ziwaphi News raised a concern that the 30% support by government to community media is not happening as they mostly receive media
releases and not adverts. He also appreciated the event as it afforded them to raise their issues and frustrations as print media. Inputs by different
media houses were submitted and addressed by the Deputy Minister. More engagements will be held in the planned media summit, which is aimed
at addressing most of the challenges and also finding solutions.
The Deputy Minister and her entourage had a walkabout at Barberton FM where she appreciated the state-of-the-art equipment that the station has.
“This serves as a model radio station which I will recommend for community radio stations,” said the Deputy Minister. She also engaged with media
houses and conducted a live interview with one of the young people, a Grade 12 learner who requested the Deputy Minister to give a message of
encouragement to the class of 2018.
OUTCOME 13: A COMPREHENSIVE, RESPONSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE SOCIAL PROTECTION SYSTEM
Government provides information on social grants
By Robbie Senoelo: GCIS, Gauteng
Government’s efforts to ensure that there is a comprehensive, responsive and sustainable social protection system brings services to the people. The GCIS in partnership with the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Community Development Workers Programme (CDWP) and MSAMU Region 6 of the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality conducted an activation on 20 April 2018 at Denneboom Station Precinct in Mamelodi West.
The purpose of the activation was to create awareness on the social grants SASSA card and the new payment system for beneficiaries. The event targeted community members and inform them about what processes to follow to make sure they continue receiving their social grants. The SASSA beneficiaries were informed that current SASSA cards are valid until 31 December 2018 but were encouraged to swap those cards for new SASSA cards that were unveiled on 1 April as the process would cease on 30
Beneficiaries were told to go to their nearest South African Post Office, SASSA offices or designated venues to substitute their cards. Various stakeholders disseminated information through face-to-face interaction, exhibition and the distribution of information products. Katlego Kganedi from SASSA said, “I am glad that we had this activation, which demonstrated that we have a caring government and that SASSA is indeed committed to serve. One may choose to receive social grant through SASSA account, personal bank account or Postbank account.”
OUTCOME 4: DECENT EMPLOYMENT THROUGH INCLUSIVE ECONOMIC GROWTH
Workshop to boost small businesses
By Nonhlanhla Sithole: GCIS, KwaZulu-Natal
A total of 25 business owners in Ward 5 of Abaqulusi Local Municipality received information on programmes that will assist them to be fully fledged
businesses. This information was shared by the provincial departments of economic development, tourism and environmental affairs, and agriculture and
rural development during a workshop for Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises that was held at Xulu-Msiyane Community Centre on 19 April 2018.
This was a follow-up workshop to the one held in November 2017.
The following topics were discussed and solutions provided:
• Business training was identified and will be provided to affected businesses.
• Database forms that were supposed to be retured in November after the initial workshop must be returned urgently so that departments can start
assisting where possible.
• Meeting with cooperatives in agriculture will be held soon so that all requirements and advice can be given.
People were happy that they received good advice on what administrative action should be taken to take their businesses to the next level.
OUTCOME 12: AN EFFICIENT, EFFECITIVE AND DEVELOPMENT ORIENTATED PUBLIC
SERVICE AND AN EMPOWERED, FAIR AND INCLUSIVE CITIZENSHIP
Government takes services to the people
By Xolani Mdaweni: GCIS, North West
The Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality partnered with the provincial departments of home affairs, health, agriculture, Government Communication
and Information System, the South African Police Service, South African Social Security Agency, the Office of the Premier and Maquassi Hills Local
Municipality to hold community outreach at Witpoort, Ward Committee offices on 18 April 2018. More than 420 community members attended the event
and accessed government services and information on digital migration, social work and internship opportunities, Independent Electoral Commission,
careers and bursaries. The community of Witpoort was grateful to receive government services at their areas of residence and requested that this be
done every month.