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R2bn for 'people's power'

By unknown | Feb 05, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

KwaZulu-Natal's legislature programme of taking parliament to the people received a shot in the arm with an extra R2billion injection from the national government.

This was said yesterday by provincial speaker Willies Mchunu at a media briefing on the official opening of the legislature on Tuesday next week.

The province's own allocation is still to be announced.

Mchunu said the legislature had invested more than R12million over the past two and a half years since the "Taking Legislature to the People" campaign was launched.

He said through the programme the provincial government had reached more than 140000 people. To get as much input from as many citizens as possible, the legislature used its research unit to administer questionnaires to all attendees.

"These questionnaires were intended to elicit not only demographic data, but also concerns and opinions of the people.

"The response of the people was overwhelmingly enthusiastic and provided the legislature with 11500 completed questionnaires which gave both quantitative as well as qualitative analyses."

This year, the legislature will hold two "Taking Legislature to the People" programmes in the uThungulu and Amajuba districts.

"I have been requested to focus on the provision of energy generally and electricity in particular in the district municipalities of Ugu, Uthukela, Umkhanyakude and Umzinyathi, and we will be contributing R50million towards projects aimed at dealing with such a programme," said Mchunu.


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