The Buffalo City Municipality District hosted the Deputy Minister of Police, Mr Cassel Mathale and the Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour, Ms Boitumelo Moloi, for the launch of the District Development Model (DDM) in East London, Eastern Cape on Tuesday, 22 September 2020.
This collaborated approach is the brain child from a vision of the South African Government, which was piloted during August 2019, with the aim of improving intergovernmental cooperation, aligned with service delivery and rapid responses from all spheres.
The MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Ms Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe also graced the occasion with her presence in support of the models approach.
In his welcome address, the District Commissioner of Buffalo City Metropolitan, Major General Henry Vos welcomed the delegation on behalf of the Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga and SAPS Management. “We are privileged to have you in our midst today and feel honoured that our district has been chosen to host an event of this magnitude”. He said.
During the briefing session, the Provincial Head of Family, Child and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS), Brigadier Shepherd Khonza gave a brief overview on the statistics and conviction rate of GBV cases reported during the National Lockdown period.
The Junior Management (JMC) was given a platform to present their activities aligned to the objective of the organization and briefed the Deputy Minister on their involvement in awareness campaigns.
Representing Corporate Communication and Liaison Service in the province, Colonel Michelle Matroos added on the strengths of the initiatives and approaches embarked upon in reaching the community during the lockdown period. She shed light on the marketing strategies embarked upon in the prevention of GBV and Covid -19 Regulations led by the section. Door to door campaigns, visits to pension payouts points, radio interviews, taxi ranks, watts app bulk messages was the order of the day.
The day’s activities included a site visit to the East London Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), a visit to the Port of Entry and a visit to the Thuthuzela Care Centre at Cecilia Makhiwane Hospital. The centre is a one stop facility that has been introduced as a critical part for attending to Gender Base Violence victims.
The Deputy Ministers highlighted during their visits that the District Development Model will help government to address the challenges of poverty, gender based violence, general crimes, unemployment and inequality, utilization of available resources etc.
In his closing remarks, the Deputy Minister of Police, Mr Mathale said, “Although each sphere, sector and entity has its distinct constitutional powers, functions and responsibilities, they should undertake a collaborative planning, budgeting, and implementation process, covering efforts at district /metropolitan level. This joint work is expressed through the formulation and implementation of a “One Plan” which is a long term strategic framework” he added.
Source: South African Police Service