Municipalities win at B2B awards

2017-02-09 06:01
PHOTO: supplied Ugu District Municipality leadership with their certificates at the Back to Basics Awards.

PHOTO: supplied Ugu District Municipality leadership with their certificates at the Back to Basics Awards.

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UGU municipalities earned accolades at the Back to Basics Awards hosted by Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs in Pietermaritzburg last week.

Ugu District Municipality was awarded a Certificate for Improvement and a certificate for the implementation of the support plan for alignment of the Integrated Development Plan and Intergovernmental Relations.

The municipality was at one stage regarded as being dysfunctional and municipal spokesperson France Zama said it had been established that it required intervention.

“Ugu implemented a support plan that worked with Cogta in order for it to recover.

“The municipality has shown a significant commitment to improvement over time, and has moved from dysfunctional to fully functional status,” said Zama.

Even though the municipality regained its status it doesn’t mean that all it’s customers are happy.

“We are aware that not all our customers are happy with our services, but this [status] is an indication that we are going in the right direction,” said Zama.

He said Ugu Municipality leadership is humbled by B2B awards and recognition, which is an indication that the municipality is in the correct position to enable it to deliver on its mandate of providing water and sanitation.

Umzumbe Municipality once again received a clean audit for the third consecutive year.

Umzumbe spokesperson Trevor Khanyile said receiving the awards doesn’t happen by coincidence, it reflects that the municipality handles it finances according to plan.

The two amalgamated municipalities making up Ray Nkonyeni Municipality - Hibiscus Coast and Ezinqoleni municipalities - both received unqualified audit reports with other issues that still need to be resolved.

They also both received a clean audit in terms of their demarcation reports from the period between 1 July, 2016 and 9 August, 2016.

Ray Nkonyeni Municipality spokesperson Simon April said an action plan has been drawn up to address matters raised by the Auditor-General.

“This best audit report for the former municipalities will build a firm foundation and inspire Ray Nkonyeni Municipality to retain a clean audit.”

For a new municipality RNM was awarded a certificate of recognition, declaring RNM tas having the best key performance area in its IDP with regards to good governance and public participation.

April said RNM was found to have done well under this KPA. “The leadership and management would like to thank all those who have contributed to this achievement.”

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