KZN reaffirms commitment to provide essential services

KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC, Nonhlanhla Khoza, has reaffirmed the provincial government’s commitment to continue with its efforts to ensure that all communities have access to essential services.

Khoza made the commitment during Operation Sigalelekile (‘We’ve arrived’), where she led various departments in a united force to provide vital services to the community of Ngudwini and Samungu’s Ward 05 in Umlalazi Local Municipality, under King Cetshwayo District Municipality.

Operation Sigalelekile is an initiative that serves as a beacon of hope for rural communities located in far-flung areas, remotely located from government services.

The community of Ngudwini was previously affected by faction fights, which robbed people of their lives and properties.

As government commemorates 30 years of service delivery, Khoza emphasised the need for strengthened strategies to bridge the gap in service delivery, particularly in rural communities.

Addressing the community during an event held this week at Esikh
umbeni Sportsground, Khoza said regardless of location, government is committed to ensuring that essential services reach every citizen, with the aim of fostering a successful nation.

“We are deeply concerned that older persons have to use their grants to support grandchildren who cannot access child support grants due to lack of important documents. We have been made aware of this challenge, hence our visit to the area to address it.

‘There are orphans, as a result of infighting within the communities and that robbed children of a better life. We have a responsibility to deal with social challenges affecting our communities,” Khoza said.

Khoza also stressed the importance of reaching every corner of the province, adding that government is caring, as it responded to the plight of people needing access to government offices and services.

During the outreach, various departments, including Social Development, South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), South African Police Services, Health, Home Affairs,
and the Electoral Commission, collaborated to address the pressing needs of the Ngudwini and Samungu communities.

The community members had an opportunity to make applications for important documents, including birth certificates and IDs, as well as access grants, with on-site assistance from SAPS for affidavits.

The MEC underscored the significance of these documents in unlocking opportunities for individuals and ensuring their inclusion in society.

She affirmed government’s commitment to addressing challenges faced by the community, particularly regarding documentation for children and older persons.

“We are here to bridge the gap and ensure that every person, regardless of their circumstances, has equal access to essential services. The integrated effort by the KwaZulu-Natal Government exemplifies its dedication to uplifting communities and fostering inclusivity in service delivery,” Khoza said. –

Source: South African Government News Agency