Members of the media are invited to join Minister Anton Bredell in a launch of the Citizen Engagement Application for Municipalities in the Western Cape. Five Municipality have been selected to become part of this ground-breaking pilot project, including Oudtshoorn Municipality.
The Executive Mayor of the Greater Oudtshoorn, Colan Sylvester who will also be attending the launch has will also address the audience at the launch. The Oudtshoorn Municipality announced its participation on this application earlier this year.
Officials from the communications and information and technology (IT) departments of these Municipalities participated in training sessions organised by Mr. Mohammed Parker the head of the Information Technology component of the Provincial Local Department.
Parker told the trainees at a recent training session held in Cape Town that the Citizen Engagement Application set to take communication between the Municipality and the citizens to another level.
The Executive Mayor, Aldm Colan Sylvester has earlier in the year welcomed this new communication development. “Mobile devices such as cellphones and tablet computers are increasingly becoming the tools of choice for communication, engagement and transferring of information by Municipalities to its citizenry.”
“This application will not only provide direct communication with both councillors and the municipality but will also serve as a platform through which citizens are able to interact with the Municipality for services and reporting of faults utilising the mobile platform,” he said.
Given the number of mobile technologies (smartphones, tablets, mobile phones) available and the ease of access, people are becoming increasingly connected across the world. Governments worldwide are therefore following suit and adapting the ways in which they communicate with their clients and the communities they serve.