Project to bring government services closer to citizens

From left to right are Mqanduli Development Forum Coordinator Malizole Mahili, former MEC of Public Works and Infrastructure Babalo Madikizela, KSD Executive Mayor Nyaniso Nelani and KSD Council Chief Whip Bongani Mlanjkeni at the groundbreaking ceremony where the Mqanduli office will be built.

MQanduli residents will soon have access to government services closer to home, following the unveiling of the Mqanduli office district construction project which, when completed, will be a one-stop shop, housing four ministries.

It comes after former Eastern Cape Public Works and Infrastructure MEC Babalo Madikizela officiated a groundbreaking ceremony at a plot where construction is due to take place on July 26.

Madikizela has since stepped down from his post, with Eastern Cape Prime Minister Oscar Mabuyane appointing the provincial MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Xolile Nqatha, to act as the MEC for Public Works and Infrastructure.

The Mqanduli office compound construction project has been allocated R155 million, 30% of which is earmarked for local small, micro and medium-sized enterprises (SMMEs).

“One-Stop Offices are meant to bring government services closer to our citizens, where they can access government services in one place.

“The development will also unlock economic benefits that go far beyond providing government services, as they also have the potential to attract investment to the cities where they are located,” Madikizela said.

He further confirmed that the main contractor had already been appointed and was on site and that actual work on the project was to start within 14 days.

Mqanduli Development Forum coordinator Malizole Mahili said they have been campaigning for the project since 2007.

“We have noticed that Mqanduli has a wide radius and people come from far and wide to get government services here and because government services are scattered around the town, some have gone home without getting the service they came for. “, said Mahili.

“We are confident that we have reached a stage where the government has listened to our pleas and are very happy to attend the inauguration ceremony which gives us hope that what we have been asking for will finally be achieved,” Mahili added. .

The Executive Mayor of King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality, Nyaniso Nelani, also hailed the office compound project, saying it bodes well with their Mqanduli revitalization plans.

“The provincial government’s investment in this project means a lot to the municipality, and we are especially pleased that the project is creating employment opportunities for residents,” said Nelani.

The Mqanduli office compound will house the departments of Education, Social Development, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, and Rural Development and Land Reform upon completion.

Ashley C. Reynolds