On the 5th of October Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM) held a Communicator’s forum at King David Hotel; the forum was to ensure that all government communicators in the city heighten communication to feed residents with the much needed information on the city’s programme of action.
Chaired by the Portfolio head of Special Services, Xolani Witbooi, the meeting afforded communicators an opportunity to engage with key stakeholders on pertinent government communication issues including the extent to which the city’s communication can be improved.
South African Local Government Association (SALGA), Department of Labour, local NGOs, Government Communication and Information Systems (GCIS), Border-Kei Chamber of Business (BKCOB) and Eskom were among the stakeholders who were at the forum.
GCIS Regional Communication coordinator, Tabita Ngqunge presented the #ThumaMina campaign which seeks to grow the economy, fight corruption, gender-based violence and professionalization of the public service.
The campaign wants to showcase the work of government in its attempt to create jobs, support youth employment and skills development and grow the economy through local foreign investment in marine and agriculture.
Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) also presented its Roadmap to National and Provincial Elections for 2019.
Senior Outreach and Training Officer at IEC, Mninawe Nabe said they will strengthen their communication strategy for 2019’s elections, have workshops for people living with disabilities and ensure that they youth participates in next year’s elections.
Sinethemba Mashalaba from BCM’s Rapid Response Task Team (RRTT) said they are faced with a number of challenges, the non-participation of service delivery directorates and shortage of staff pose as their biggest challenges.
“We have tried to minimise service delivery related protest actions in the city – but the delayed responses from directorates is still an issue,” added Mashalaba
BCM Head of Communications, Samkelo Ngwenya also presented the city’s communication plan, he said he feels that [their] Social media is still a grey area.
“We will engage experts or bring in people who invested in the field and strengthen the issue of Media monitoring,” he added
In the next two weeks the city will host a Community Media Indaba, they will also roll out their media campaign.
On the 24-25th of October the city is hosting an AgriShow in Bisho.