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3rd Presidential Local Government Summit – 2017

Date: 10 April 2017
Author: Zuki Mapete

Thusong Service Centre programme participated during the 3rd Presidential Local Government Summit held in Gauteng, Midrand at Gallagher estate as from the 6 – 7 April 2017 under the theme “Transforming Municipal Spaces for Radical Social and Economic Development. This two day summit was convened to provide the strategic direction for the new term of local government and discussed a focused action plan that would help transform Local government to ensure radical socioeconomically transformation.

As the summit was directing the way towards the three spheres of government working together to achieve this goal of Transforming the Municipal Space, Thusong programme complimented the summit in a form of Exhibition marketing and showcasing the Thusongs as  platform for development communication which further fits as a platform in which developmental local government is committed to working with citizens and groups within the community to find sustainable ways to meet social, economic and material needs and improve the quality of their lives

Approximately 2500 delegates converged for the summit including, Ministers, Premiers and MEC’s for Local Government, Mayors, Speakers, Chief Whips, Municipal Managers, Chief financial officers, Councillors to name just a few

One of the ways to ensure and showcase the programme impetus and prominence was to target exactly the above structures of government mainly where the programme sits and facing a lot of concerns. Thusong programme  complimented the conference by participation through Exhibition stall where various information products was handed out to sensitise people more about what the programme is doing and what it has achieved since the end of Business plan 2014 of repositioning the programme.

The programme received quite a very positive response from delegates while they were indulging themselves with information on the achievements by the programme as well as new developments in preparation of the next generation of Thusongs. Some of the mayors expressed their gratitude to say, GCIS needs to be invited in their Mayoral committee meetings to do a presentation about the programme.

“Together we can move South Africa forward”

GCIS official Mr Phalane busy distributing info to delegates

Ms Zuki Mapete (Thusong coordinator) passionately explaining

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