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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Deputy Minister, Mr. Parks Tau, will launch the reimagined Community Work Programme (CWP), focused on forging Smart Partnerships for amplified impact.

The Gauteng leg of the planned launches will take place on April 26, 2024, in West Rand District Municipality, under the theme “Mobilizing Public and Private Sector Smart Partnerships for an impactful CWP toward Artisan and Enterprise Development.”

Expected to join the Deputy Minister is the Executive Mayor of the West Rand District, Cllr Thabiso Bovungana, the Executive Mayor of Mogale City Local Municipality, Cllr Danny Thupane, the Executive Mayor, of Meraphong City Local Municipality, Cllr Nozuko Best, and the Deputy Mayor of Rand West City Local Municipality, Cllr Nontombi Molatlhegi.

The CWP, a Branch within the Department of Cooperative Governance, said has been strategically redesigned to ensure collaborative partnerships between government, businesses, and civil society, ensuring tangible outcomes and visible results.

With a renewed emphasis on skills development, particularly in technical and artisanal fields, the reimagined CWP aims to enhance employability and foster entrepreneurship, with a special focus on youth, women, and persons with disabilities.

Aligned with the all-government and society principle of the District Development Model (DDM) as well as the Thought Leadership Dialogue recently led by Deputy President Paul Mashatile, the Smart Partnerships initiative recognizes the necessity of a collective effort from both public and private sectors to address socio-economic challenges and deliver efficient services to citizens.

The Ministerial launch will introduce Smart Partners to the provincial COGTA, district, and local municipalities, emphasizing innovative solutions for skills training and enterprise development, alongside sustainable service delivery.

Members of the media are invited to attend the Gauteng launches scheduled to take place as follows:

– Time: 09h00

– Date: Friday, 26 April 2024

– Venue: Chief Mogale Community Hall, Kagiso, Krugersdorp – Mogale City Local Municipality, West Rand District.

Members of the media are encouraged to RSVP for both events through the following link: https://forms.office.com/r/KF00MfgFg3

For further inquiries, please contact:

Mr. Legadima Leso: 066 479 9904

Mr. Tsekiso Machike: 078 237  3900

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Issued by the Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA)