Obituary: Local govt stalwart John Johnson

2012-05-03 00:00

A SENIOR general manager for local government in KwaZulu-Natal, John Johnson, has died.

The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) announced his death yesterday.

Details of his death are still unknown.

In a press statement, Cogta spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said he had served the country for more than 40 years.

Cogta said that Johnson was instrumental in forging the new Department of Local Government and Housing after democracy in 1994.

“He made a significant contribution to the establishment of the necessary structures and mechanisms which gave rise to the implementation of numerous low-cost housing projects across the province,” Mabaso said.

These projects included basic services, such as water, electricity and roads to serve the housing development.

In 2000 Johnson chaired the transformation committee composed of politicians, local government practitioners and organised labour for the new-look local government structure in South Africa.

He also made substantial contribution to the national policies and legal framework underpinning the new system.

He managed the transition process in KwaZulu-Natal, which saw the establishment of the current 61 municipalities in the province.

At the time he was also serving as the Acting Head of the Department of Local Government and Traditional Affairs, a position which he held for two years.

Mabaso said Johnson’s skill, expertise and dedication as a true civil servant contributed greatly to KwaZulu-Natal municipalities. — WR.

• witness@feveronline.co.za

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