District Champion, Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu concluding his first Ministerial Visit to the Harry Gwala District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal.

The Minister was engaged in a comprehensive two-day programme covering briefings and discussions with stakeholders, site visits to medical and shelter facilities and interactions with the media.

“The President has sent us to visit all Districts in the country to asses our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Gender Based Violence and Femicide – which the President has also characterized as a second pandemic in South Africa,” said Minister Mthembu.
“We are very impressed with the district’s response to COVID-19.

The two healthcare facilities we visited demonstrated that we had all systems in place to respond to this novel coronavirus. We reiterate our gratitude to all public servants, especially our healthcare workers who have been at the forefront of this battle,” Mthembu added.

The Minister also noted the importance of establishing an integrated structure at a District level to respond to Gender Based Violence and Femicide in the local communities.

This weekend’s two-day programme will be followed by community engagement programmes in other local municipalities in the Harry Gwala District.

“Our visit to the Harry Gwala District is informed by the implementation of the District Development Model (DDM). The DDM requires government as a whole to work together in a seamless manner to deliver services to our people,” Mthembu concluded.