Jozi recognises role of migrants (23-11-06)

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg plans a world-class information centre for migrants, which will assist thousands of Zimbabweans here to access services provided by the city.
The brainchild of Joburg Mayor, Amos Masondo, the project will allow civic society organizations to apply for grant

s offered by the council in an effort to integrate migrants.
At a Migrants Meeting Forum in Council Chambers recently, council official Mashudu Funzai said, “We are going to work with Home Affairs, Department of Health and different stakeholders to assist migrants. We have realized that migrants have role to play in the city.”
The one-stop centre will be equipped with computers. Organizations providing legal and medical services will be accommodated to offer their services.
“The mayor is expected to open the centre in December but it will start running in two weeks’ time. We would like to involve all stakeholders and the service will also available in all council offices in Joburg,” said City spokesperson Wandile Zwane.
Katerina Museme of Roll Back Xenophobia urged the council to translate some materials in Shona to assist Zimbabweans.
“There is also a need for them to work with refugee organizations, especially in Yeoville where Zimbabweans and Democratic Republic of Congo are working with police in combating crime in their area,” said Museme. – CAJ News
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