Deputy minister encourages businesses to adopt municipalities

2010-05-05 00:00

EMBATTLED municipalities like Msunduzi need the help of business to turn around their financial administration, the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister, Yunus Carrim, said yesterday.

Delivering a speech in Midrand, Gauteng, about the role of private sector and state-owned enterprises in supporting local government, Carrim said the government will launch an “adopt a municipality” campaign to mobilise the private sector to play a role in efforts to turn local government around.

“In municipalities like Msunduzi , business can play an absolutely vital role in turning around a municipality. Business has too much at stake not to do so.

“But business will have to work very closely with the municipality’s new political leadership and the KZN Co-operative Governance administration team,” said Carrim.

“Adopting a municipality does not mean business must have a paternalistic relationship with a municipality. It means that business must contribute its skills to strengthening Msunduzi as part of a relationship that is mutually beneficial.”

Already the Midlands Innovation and Development Institute is bringing together businesses, Msunduzi Municipality and academics, Carrim said, and its role could possibly be enhanced.

Trade unions, non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations, ward committees and other stakeholders must also play their part.

Carrim noted that the government has adopted a local government turnaround strategy to address the challenges facing municipalities in South Africa.

The newly appointed Msunduzi administrator, Johann Mettler, said the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business has expressed a willingness to assist the municipality.

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