iLembe sets service delivery targets

2016-11-16 06:01
iLembe District Municipality mayor Sduduzo Gumede speaks about the targets set for the new term. Photo: supplied

iLembe District Municipality mayor Sduduzo Gumede speaks about the targets set for the new term. Photo: supplied

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FIXING water leaks on time without delay, ensuring all areas without metering are metered and the reduction of water losses from 53% to 30% by the end of the current term are just some of the targets that were set at a recent strategic planning session of the iLembe District Municipality.

The session was held from 24 to 27 October where the new council, management, sector departments and other relevant stakeholders came up with resolutions to guide the development of the municipality from 2016 to 2021.

In his closing remarks, mayor of iLembe District Municipality Sduduzo Gumede said it was important for management to empower council so it can play its oversight role effectively and efficiently.

“It is critical that reports presented by officials to councillors at portfolio committees are empowering so that councillors can make informed decisions.”

He also raised his concern on the financial position of the municipality and how it is beginning to impact councillors and employees.

“Financial constraints have a negative impact on both politicians and officials,” Gumede said.

He said the district municipality needed to strive for clean governance.

“There needs to be a holistic approach to the staff establishment, including the restructuring of the municipality. The identification of priority posts should be done in cognisance of the core function of the municipality,” he said.

On day three of the session, five commissions began their vigorous engagement on issues to address service delivery in the district.

The commissions were municipal transformation and institutional development, basic service delivery, financial management and viability, economic development, and planning and good governance and public participation.

The engagements ended the next day with a report back from commissions which outlined the resolutions that will take iLembe District Municipality forward for the next five years.

Some of the strategic objectives with regards to the core function of the municipality, provision of water and sanitation, were:

- To ensure access to potable water for domestic consumption and support local economic development

- To ensure access to basic sanitation for domestic consumption and support local economic development

- Create job opportunities through infrastructure projects

- Ensure improved infrastructure co-ordination in the district

As a result of this, iLembe will decrease the percentage of water backlogs to 15% and decrease the percentage of sanitation backlogs to 14%, these are currently at 23% and 20% respectively.
The municipality will, among other things, increase the quality of water according to Blue Drop and Green Drop Status (sanitation), implement water conservation and demand management (leading to a reduction of water losses) and create a minimum of 6 000 jobs through infrastructure projects.

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