Ministers and President Zuma expected in Bay for Imbizo Week

APRIL 6, 2016

Government officials are spending this week interacting with communities throughout the country as part of National Imbizo Focus Week.

"The week is an opportunity for government to unpack the Nine-Point Plan to citizens, which outlines the areas of focus to ignite economic growth and create much-needed jobs. Two of the main pillars of the plan are resolving the energy challenge and revitalising agriculture and the agro-processing value chain," says government.

Acting Communications Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on Monday officially launched the National Imbizo Focus Week at Ga-Seleka Community Hall in Lephalale, Limpopo. This is the fourth in a series of Imbizo Focus Week programmes since the current administration took office in 2009.

In keeping with the principles of the Imbizo programme, several Ministers and President Jacob Zuma are expected in the Bay and the Eastern Cape.

On Wednesday, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane is expected to conduct a site inspection to the Umzimvubu Water Project in the Alfred Nzo District Municipality in the Eastern Cape.

On Thursday, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson will host a Symbolic Electricity Switch-on and Community Imbizo in Walmer in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.

On Friday, the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Oceans Economy -- led by Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa -- will be at the harbour in Port Elizabeth to showcase the developments and give a progress report. President Zuma is also expected to attend.

On Sunday, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana, will pay a follow-up visit to Ncorha in the Chris Hani Municipality in the Eastern Cape to showcase the developments in Agri-parks projects.

Government will also urge communities to register for the upcoming elections. Thirty-eight events have been planned countrywide in this week.  Members of the public are invited to attend these events.

– additional reporting