**Minister Ramokgopa Leads Build-Up Activities in Preparation for 7th Presidential Imbizo**

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On June 29th, Minister Maropene Ramokgopa, who is responsible for Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation in the South African Presidency, led the build-up activities in anticipation of the 7th Presidential Imbizo. The event took place on June 30th at the Uthukela District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal province.

Visits to the Ladysmith Provincial Hospital and Ezakheni Industrial Estate

As part of the build-up activities, Minister Ramokgopa visited the Ladysmith Provincial Hospital to observe the resourcing and functionality of interventions aimed at victims of Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF). She also visited the Ezakheni Industrial Estate, where she attended a briefing session on economic development and job creation with the management of the estate.

Assessing Progress and Evaluating Policy and Legislative Systems

The visits provided opportunities to assess progress in addressing challenges identified by the Frontline Service Delivery Monitoring (FSDM) unit within the Department of Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation (DPME). They also served to evaluate the extent to which policy and legislative systems are put into action to promote localization and improve service delivery.

Fostering Social Compacts for Addressing District Challenges

The build-up activities aimed to foster social compacts between the government and various sectors of society, such as businesses and civil society organizations. The collaboration is crucial in addressing the challenges within the district. Primary objectives of the build-up activities align with the District Development Model (DDM) tenets of the Presidential Imbizo.

Engaging with the Media

Members of the media were invited to attend the activities at two distinct venues. The morning event, held at the Ladysmith Provincial Hospital, included a briefing with the management of the Ladysmith Crisis Centre and a walk-around to observe the resourcing and services provided by the center. In the afternoon, the Minister visited the Ezakheni Industrial Estate, where she attended a briefing session on economic development and job creation with the management of the estate.

Promoting Collaborative Efforts for Meaningful Change

Aside from assessing the progress made in addressing the identified challenges, the build-up activities also sought to create a platform for promoting social compacts between the government and different sectors of society, including businesses and civil society organizations. By focusing on the common goal of improving service delivery and promoting economic development, the build-up activities provided valuable insights into the effectiveness of government initiatives and the importance of partnerships in achieving meaningful change.

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