19 September 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

Municipalities need urgent, but different, attention - Mokgoro

by: Kagiso Metswamere   date: 03 August 2018

Putting municipalities under the same type of administration even if it does not yield the desired results is counterproductive. This is the view of North West Premier, Prof Job Mokgoro, who said invoking Section 139 of the Constitution and 137 of the Municipal Finance Management Act need to be revisited because municipalities concerned, continue to yield poor results every year. 

The Premier believes government needs to do proper consultation and come up with working interventions in poorly performing municipalities.

Responding to questions during the Post Exco media briefing this week, Premier Mokgoro said his Executive Council was not ready to invoke these sections in underperforming municipalities because they were not changing things for the better despite the same approach being used over the years. 

“We need to move away from doing things as though we are doing them for the first time.

“We have to look at past experiences in implementing Section 139 because from leadership point of view, it is grossly irresponsible to do something as if you do not have results from similar previous exercises,” he said. 

The Executive Council received a report from the Department of Local Government and Human Settlements about the current state of municipalities and whether there was need for intervention.

After thorough reflection, the Premier said the resolution was that a special Exco should be convened to focus specifically on municipalities and ensure proper and thorough diagnosis was done so that decisions that are taken to intervene would assist a municipality to improve its overall performance in accordance with the Municipal Finance Management Act.

“We have reflected on the state of service delivery provision in municipalities and resolved that as part of efforts to ensure quick wins in municipalities, the fixing of potholes, provision of water, fixing of street lights and waste management should be prioritised,” he said.

The Premier told members of the media that Exco has received a report analysing policies of the 5th Administration and the extent to which they were in alignment with National Government policies and the Mid-Term Strategic Framework.

“We have agreed that there seems to be negative energy in the province regarding the use of the five concretes in our daily narrative and that the provincial government cannot afford to push back, but to rather align them with the national discourse.

“We have resolved that the province should discontinue the use of the current nomenclature to ensure alignment with the national framework,” he said.

The Premier said the provincial government has also received a report from the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) on the road network landscape in South Africa, with a particular reference to the North West province.

“Significant portions of the road network in the province have been transferred to SANRAL and progress is being made regarding the upgrading of the road network in the province.

“SANRAL highlighted that in context of the 30 percent subcontracting arrangement, they continue to ensure the empowerment of local communities through projects being undertaken,” said the Premier, adding that the entity was in a position to provide formal training programmes to young people in the province, through its academy.

Pursuant to the need to ensure alignment with the national framework on policy matters, Premier Mokgoro said Exco has resolved to resuscitate a structure similar to the former Provincial Aids Council in order to ensure focused attention on matters relating to the scourge of HIV and Aids.