Municipal internships mooted

2011-11-24 16:27
Johannesburg - An internship programme to train municipal officials to deal with infrastructure problems is on the cards, Co-operative Governance Minister Richard Baloyi said on Thursday.

"I will engage with universities to work with us through an internship programme and try [to] shape their courses to help interns deal with specific problems in the municipality," said Baloyi.

An internship programme should be set up where academics worked for the municipality for a year as a practical part of their courses, he said.

This would help generate the skills needed to deal with ageing and failing infrastructure.

Baloyi urged municipal officials to work together and provide solutions "that would not become problems in the future".

"We want to reach a situation where all people see us as champions of service delivery."

Baloyi was speaking at a municipal infrastructure consultative conference in Boksburg.

The conference was discussing ways of supporting municipalities with planning, developing, repairing and maintaining ailing infrastructure to improve service delivery.

Baloyi earlier said municipal leaders and officials should stop blaming poor service delivery on apartheid.

"We can't blame it [service delivery] on apartheid. Gone are those days," he told delegates.

"Today, we cannot claim that we do not own this infrastructure. It is for us to rise above it and do something [about failing infrastructure]."

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