A roadshow was held at the NG Church in Graskop on November 21st. The event was hosted by The Department of Social Development, alongside other state Departments and Agencies such as; South African Revenue Services (SARS), Immigration South Africa, National Lottery, Public Protector.
The targeted purpose of the roadshow was reportedly aimed at bringing the fore-mentioned departments and agencies to the residents, thus clearly explaining their functions in relation to service delivery.
Residents were given clarity on various matters such as registration of Non-Profit Organisations (NPO’s), focusing on the fundamentals of establishing or running an organisation such as; submission of annual reports, compliance, application for funding, amongst many.
One of the residents, Vivian Mashile, said that the event was important, especially for the town, due to limited platforms for valuable information.
“It was a very fruitful road show because we have gained a lot. Each department presented their role in society. I’ve learned that it is Important to report-back to departments in relation to applying for funding. We now know the importance of bookkeeping, submitting tax-related documents such as tax clearances. We were also encouraged to report issues of illegal immigrants within our areas,” said Mashile.
Ward Councillor, Sandile Shongwe, welcomed the road show. He said that the attendance by residents of different age groups proved the thirst for knowledge in Graskop. Shongwe expressed concern about the reality of unemployment which affects many municipalities – including Thaba Chweu Local Municipality (TCLM).
“I’m glad that the event took place in our area. I’m sure that the residents who attended the event will share what they have learned with others. This is very important because it allows the residents to approach matters with an informed view. It’s part of the work done by government in the attempt to empower our communities. We thank all stakeholders involved in the road show, we hope to see more of these events in the future,” said Shongwe.