He said the people are like shareholders in a company.


Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza wants all his MECs to be on radio weekly and listen to the people in order for the people to have the chance to influence the direction of their government.

He said he himself will do that every three months.

Mabuza was delivering his policy and budget speech at the Mpumalanga legislature this week.

“Our quest is to create a two way ‘government-and-the-people communication system’ that empowers citizens to air their views and influence the direction of their own government,” he said on Tuesday.

“As the Premier, I will on a quarterly basis, also go on radio to assess the satisfaction of our people through what we have termed ‘the Premier’s On-air Dialogue with the People’,” Mabuza said.

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“It requires us to constantly consult our people,” he said.

“To update them on the strides we are making in our quest to improve their lives.

“This is not a favour to them, but an obligation, given that they have put us in government to represent their interests.

“You could equate them to shareholders in a company, who have appointed government as their board of directors, hence the obligation to always keep in touch with them,” Mabuza said.

(edited by MLM)

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