President Zuma arrives in Umzimkhulu to launch Siyahlola Presidential Monitoring Programme
24 July 2012President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Umzimkhulu on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal, to formally launch the Siyahlola Presidential Monitoring Programme.
This is President Zumaís 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 serve to formally launch the programme, 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 Presidentís 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.
President Zuma will assess progress in terms of development of the town and visit various projects that have been undertaken to improve the lives of the people.
He will begin by visiting a water reservoir that has capacity to contain 2.5 million litres (ML) of water.
He will then do a walk-about in the town of Umzimkhulu to look at various service delivery initiatives in the area including road diversion and re-landscaping. He will also check if there are no longer sewer spillages as previously reported.
He will also visit the DMT Youth Agriculture Cooperative Project to see how youth are empowering themselves and fighting poverty through agriculture.
President Zuma will then also officially open the Mlozana Junior Secondary School in the area.
President Zuma will then attend a community engagement session at Ibisi village, in order to obtain feedback on governmentís delivery on its priorities in the Umzimkhulu area.
The President is accompanied by Dr. Zweli Mkhize, Premier of Kwazulu-Natal, Mr. Collins Chabane, Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Ms. Edna Molewa, Minister for Water and Environmental Affairs, Mr. Siyabonga Cwele, Minister of State Security, Ms. Bathabile Dlamini, Minister for Social Development ,Mr. Richard Baloyi, Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Ms. Mildred Oliphant, Minister of Labour and Provincial MECs.
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Issued by: The Presidency