Sixteen years of local government service delivery

2016-03-10 06:00

THIS year marks 16 years of democratic local government in South Africa where all municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal will use this opportunity to reflect on the 16-year journey and celebrate its successes.

This milestone also gives communities an opportunity­ to reflect on the road we have travelled­ towards creating a better life for all through the provision of service delivery over the years.

It has been 21 years since the advent of democracy and 16 years into the operation of a new local government dispensation.

It is also worth mentioning that local
government has not only survived a fundamental restructuring over the past 16 years, it has also made great strides towards extending service delivery and development to marginalised communities.

In 16 years, local government has emerged from being an institution that was subservient and illegitimate to an institution with democratically elected leadership, who have constitutional status and a developmental agenda.

As expectations of local government service delivery have risen, it has also become evident that the broader transformation of local government is by no means complete.

Noticeable progress has been made in improving the lives of our communities since the establishment of local government.

Our task, going forward, is to work tirelessly in addressing the triple challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality.

It is for this reason that as part of the celebrations of 16 years of democratic local government and beyond, we will be mobilising our communities behind the National Development Plan: Vision­ 2030, as our collective response to the challenges faced by the communities.

The 16 years of democratic local government celebrations will officially start with a launch in our district under the Umuziwabantu Local Municipality­.

Ugu District has been given the nod to host the launch because our district has recorded the most number of clean audits among its local municipalities in the latest conducted audit outcomes.

This makes Ugu District the best performing district in KZN.

The celebrations will showcase and highlight achievements of the democratic government over the past 16 years by carrying the “celebration flame” to the six local municipalities in the district.

These celebrations will also seek to
mobilise all communities, government departments and agencies, organised labour, business, civil society, the media, faith-based organisations and the academic fraternity in the realisation of 16 years of local democratic government development towards the attainment of the noble principle of “people shall govern”.

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