Media Statements

Minister Dlamini Zuma Welcomes New Director-General

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, (CoGTA) Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, welcomes the new Director-General (DG) for the Department of Cooperative Governance (DCoG), Ms Avril Williamson. Ms Williamson is an experienced senior public servant with more than 20 years of experience straddling both the public service and private sector.

The Minister emphasized that the appointment of the new DG will contribute immensely to the stability of the department, which is charged with the important role of strengthening intergovernmental relations at all spheres, including local government, to ensure its efficiency, effectiveness and accessibility of government. We are confident that the department will benefit from her leadership in its pursuit for service excellence and improved accountability.

Ms Williamson has the requisite skills and experience to hit the ground running, particularly as the country is fighting the deadly coronavirus pandemic that is ravaging the world and considering the central role of Department of Cooperative Governance to ensure a seamless coordination of efforts and optimization of resources across the spheres of government for maximum benefit of communities especially the most vulnerable.

The DG is also joining us at a time when government is also implementing the District Development Model (DDM) through which efforts are afoot to streamline socio-economic development in communities.

The Minister wishes Ms Williamson success, and assures her full support, upon assumption of her new responsibilities as the Director-General.

Lungi Mtshali
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