Media Release by the UDM President re Transkei Infrastructure: Multi-stakeholders meeting: Mthatha on 24 January 2008 (17 January 2008)

After the invitation to myself by the Premier of the Eastern Cape to inspect the condition of the infrastructure of the Transkei Region, it is essential that, in order to submit a concrete and consolidated report to both the State President and the Eastern Cape Premier, we collect the relevant information. An all inclusive meeting of all relevant stakeholders is to be convened in Mthatha covering all twenty eight Magisterial Districts of Transkei. The stakeholders should include traditional leaders, civil society, the business community, political parties, professionals e.g. educators, contractors, engineers, architects, surveyors, labour, Salga, etc.

All the above stakeholders are requested to draft reports for submission based on the following priority areas among others:-
(a) Building and maintenance of schools, clinics, hospitals, roads and bridges, electrification, etc.
(b) Construction of houses, water supply and purification.
(c) The state of government buildings like police stations, magistrate offices, Home Affairs, welfare offices, agricultural offices, etc.
(d) Level of equipment supplies to all these state departments especially education, agriculture, health, law enforcement agencies in particular the shortage of vehicles, etc.

For those who will not be able to attend the meeting, I strongly suggest that their submissions should reach my office at the following fax number (012) 321 0014 or email not later that 22 January 2008. Our phone number is 012-321 0010. The contact person is the Secretary General of the United Democratic Movement, Mr HS Nobongoza at 083 228 4362 or 083 733 7637.

After the meeting, it is hoped that a small steering committee will be formed with a view to concretise all the submissions from the various stakeholders, as outlined above, for submission to government.

The meeting will take place in the Mthatha City Hall on 24 January 2008 starting at 10h00.

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