Premier launches Operation Masiphathisane War Rooms in OR Tambo
Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, on Tuesday officially launched 'war rooms' for the province's much-lauded Integrated Service Delivery Plan called Operation Masiphathisane at Sulenkama village, in Qumbu, in the OR Tambo District Municipality.
Operation Masiphathisane started three months ago to solve the inconveniences of service delivery that the community is facing. It seeks to craft strategies to combine services and bring them to communities while strengthening proper communication between government and local communities to prevent more service delivery protests.
The war rooms are set up to drive the Masiphathisane campaign of bringing together communities, stakeholders and government official to improve service delivery and better relationship community and the government.
“We want to cement this way of work between the government and the community. We quite pleased with the reaction we getting from people because we are looking at how to co-operate and work along with government in a better way than things are,” said the Premier at the launch.
He added that government officials need to start adopting this programme and to see that it succeeds.
“When you have officials that do not appreciate that they are primarily answerable to community, who are the consumers of the service we provide, the absence of that relationship and commitment tends to sometimes be taken out on government [through service delivery protests],” said Masualle.
He said that there is a structure in place to make the daily running’s of the war rooms efficient;
- The chairperson of the War Room will be the ward councillor;
- The secretary will be community development worker, who will be managing the operations of the War Room and maintain the liaison between different stakeholders that the community have - the traditional leaders, religious formations, youth formations and women cooperatives with the officers appointed from all government departments that are engaged with the programme to form the structure of running the war rooms
The Eastern Cape has been among the provinces worst hit by violent service delivery protests, which often results in the destruction of public infrastructure and thereby, indirectly, hurting its fragile economy.
With approximately 1420 players in 48 A-teams, 20...
The Democratic Alliance (DA) and Save South Africa, despite having the same goals of kicking President Jacob Zuma out of office, will hold different rallies today for National Freedom Day in Port Elizabeth.
One of South Africa’s most experienced cyclists...
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Deputy Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, laid charges against Municipal Manager, Johann Metler and Executive Director of Corporate Services, Vuyo Zitumane at the Humewood Police Station on Wednesday.
The Varsity Cup Dream Team was shown up against...
A full-seated crowd at the Kenneth McArthur Athletics...
The Garden Route Botanical Garden Environmental...
In response to a Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentary...
A 51-year-old, senior traffic official from the Nelson Mandela Bay traffic department is expected in court soon after he was arrested on Tuesday afternoon on charges of corruption and bribery following a sting operation by Uitenhage police...
Despite flight delays on Wednesday morning due to a South...
- 20-year-old Port Elizabeth man busted with illegal firearm
- VIDEO: Contracts involving over R40 million now part of forensic investigations at City Hall
- Port Elizabeth man out on bail for business robbery busted for housebreaking
- Three nabbed just 25 minutes after allegedly robbing Port Elizabeth shop
- Panayiotou murder trial – Kanna Swanepoel finally appears on the stand