15 July 2018


Cogta offers support for troubled municipalities

by: SAnews.gov.za   date: 29 june 2018

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Deputy
Minister, Andries Nel, says by December 2018, all Bokone
Bophirima municipalities in distress will
be receiving support from a dedicated team.
“We have deployed District Support Teams consisting of engineers, construction
and project managers, financial accountants, town and regional planners as well governance and administration experts
in 55 of the priority distressed municipalities.
By December, all distressed
municipalities will have a support team,” said the Deputy Minister.
Nel was speaking at the Vision 2030
Summit in Johannesburg last week. The support team will assist municipalities
with governance, service delivery and financial management.
“We have initiated an intensive recovery programme focusing on governance, service
delivery and financial management.  major aspect of improving governance
is to ensure the appointment of suitably 
qualified personnel. This simply means we need municipal managers who know
what they are doing,” the Deputy Minister said.
His remarks come as the department rolls up its sleeves to clean up municipalities
following a finding by the Auditor General indicating that 87 municipalities
were experiencing maladministration or were dysfunctional.