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EVENTS - 2011

Public Participation Programme, 25 June 2011


As part of the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa’s Public Participation Programme the Northern Cape regional office will be showcasing the Kenhardt Water Project worth R80 million. The Kenhardt Pipeline will be pumping water to supply the communities of Lennertsville and Kenhardt, which are 75km away from the source. The Minister will visit the Kenhardt Pipeline and the Blocuso project which was funded through the Department’s Resource Poor Farmers funding.

What is a Public Participation Programme?

Since Cabinet’s decision in October 2000 to introduce public participation (izimbizo) as a method of interactive governance and unmediated communication, the platform has enabled government to better understand people’s needs and how these needs can best be met. In essence, the Public Participation Programme is a unique form of participatory democracy.

This interactive programme promotes people’s direct access to and interaction with the President, ministers, premiers, MECs, mayors and local councilors. It is an important platform for mobilising all sectors of society to partner with government to speed up change and accelerate service delivery.

Public participation events therefore provide an opportunity for political leaders in all three spheres to intensify interactive communication around the Programme of Action (PoA) and other government activities.