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Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma to Unveil the Waterberg Iteration of the CoGTA-UN Partnership to Support the Implementation of the District Development Model

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, and the head of the United Nations (UN) in South Africa and Resident Coordinator, Ms Nardos Bekele-Thomas, will unveil the Waterberg District iteration of the COGTA-UN partnership on Friday, 11 June 2021 in support of the implementation of the District Development Model (DDM).

Minister Dlamini Zuma will be joined by the Minister of Small Business Development, Ms Khumbudzo Ntshavheni who is the DDM District Champion, the Premier of Limpopo, Mr Stanley Mathabatha, the MEC of COGHSTA in Limpopo, Mr Basikopo Makamu and the Executive Mayor of Waterberg District, Cllr Morris Mataboge as well as Mayors of local municipalities.

The COGTA-UN partnership signifies the results of joint COGTA-UN extensive consultations in the three pilot districts to understand their development priorities. The partnership has identified specific areas of support that the UN can provide to the districts, building on existing work and addressing specific gaps by establishing Business Solution Centres and strengthening the Thuthuzela Care Centres and the Thusong Service Centres to improve service delivery.

The partnership has developed district-specific implementation plans based on three interrelated pillars. These include the Unlocking Economic Value Chain pillar that deliberately focuses on growing an inclusive and sustainable economy, and the Social Transformation pillar that seeks to tackle Gender-Based Violence and Femicide through increased stakeholder partnerships and advocacy, as well as the third pillar, aimed at Service Delivery and Governance Enhancement, through resuscitating and restructuring entities such as the Thusong Service Centres, which for decades have been a conduit for citizens to access public services and information.

The three-day programme will include site visits, the adoption of implementation plans and high-level strategic engagements.

The media is invited to cover the following media activities:

– Date: Friday, 11 June 2021
– Time: 11h00
– Venue: Klein Kariba Resort, Bela-Bela
– Format: Hybrid of physical and online live streamlining

Livestreaming Platforms:
– Facebook: NationalCoGTA  // UNinSouthAfrica
– Twitter: @NationalCOGTA // @UNinSouthAfrica

Media RSVP: Please RSVP to Ms Abigail Taukobong at or 066 480 3937

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