KZN, U.S. legislators in training exchange

2011-03-08 00:00

MEMBERS of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature are set to improve their oversight, ethical, transparency and anti-corruption credentials following a formal engagement with the United States National Council of State Legislators (NCSL), which hopes to establish a training exchange programme between KZN and NCSL.

The NCSL serves the legislators and staff of the 50 states of the U.S.

It provides research and technical assistance opportunities for lawmakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing issues.

Yesterday KZN Legislature speaker Neliswa Nkonyeni formally welcomed the NCSL delegation led by Christopher Rants, the former Speaker of Iowa state, to Durban. Nkonyeni said she hopes the training exchange will benefit both U.S. and KZN Legislature members.

Rants said he is excited about the relationship the NCSL is establishing with the South African legislatures, including KZN.

Dr Makhosi Khoza, chairperson of standing committee on public accounts, made a presentation about the fight against corruption. The chief whip, Ravi Pillay, spoke about ethics and the chairperson of the education portfolio committee, Linda Hlongwa, made a presentation about oversight. — WR.

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