Matjhabeng local municipality residents in Welkom, Free State are eagerly waiting for President Cyril Ramaphosa's address at a much-anticipated Imbizo.
The community has underscored service delivery and job opportunities as the pressing issues they want the president to address. Imbizos are public gatherings designed for government officials to engage with the local community, discussing various concerns and policies.
Common Challenges Across South Africa
The issues raised by the residents mirror common challenges faced by many communities across South Africa, where service delivery problems and prevalent unemployment remain. The residents' expectations from the Imbizo reveal a demand for concrete solutions and direct communication from the highest level of government.
President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the government’s engagement with communities and stakeholders in Matjhabeng Local Municipality on the 2nd leg of the District Development Model Presidential Imbizo.
This gathering will assess the progress made and will be briefed on the challenges associated with the improvement of service delivery. It also provides an opportunity for communities to engage and interact face-to-face with the President and other government leaders.
Imbizo: A Platform for Progress Assessment
Apart from addressing the community's concerns, the Imbizo serves as a platform for the government to assess the progress made in various sectors.
In this context, President Ramaphosa will deliver an address at the inaugural Presidential Plenary on Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) after participating in the UNFCCC’s COP28 in Dubai.
The plenary will focus on the progress of the National System of Innovation (NSI) and challenges in this sector, as well as ways for STI and skills development to positively impact the South African economy.