President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured residents of Gauteng’s Sedibeng District Municipality of the government’s commitment to tackling widespread poverty in the area by unlocking the economic potential of this already important industrial hub.
The President expressed such a vision during the communication with the residents within the framework of the fourth Presidential Imbizo of 2022, during which the President gave an assessment of the implementation of the program “A single district. One plan” within the District Development Model.
The event at the Sharpeville Cricket Stadium was an opportunity for residents to discuss service delivery, unemployment and crime in the county, as well as hear from national, provincial and local government leaders.
President Ramaphosa was accompanied by a team of ministers and deputy ministers, district champions, mayors and officials who answered all the questions raised and flagged issues for further follow-up.
The Sedibeng District Municipality is made up of Emfuleni, Midwaal and Lesedi Local Municipalities which are working to address issues such as high unemployment and aging water and sanitation infrastructure leading to blocked drains, spills, pump station failures, water leaks and burst pipes among others .
The President thanked the Sedibeng communities for the constructive criticism they offered during the Imbizo and assured the residents that the government would address the many issues they raised.
The President also appealed to communities to stop vandalism of facilities and infrastructure and take pride in keeping their surroundings clean for shared use.
Following the Imbizo, the relevant Ministers, Deputy Ministers, MECs, Mayors and officials will return to Sedibeng and other areas in the province to report on the progress made.
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