Municipalities must justify their existence

2011-03-14 17:05

East London - Local governments in the Eastern Cape need to take stock of the poor state of affairs and justify their existence, Local Government MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane said on Monday.

"I have been informed that currently our province is rated number eight in the country on how it delivers services to its inhabitants," he said in a speech prepared for delivery at a local government indaba in East London.

"This poor state of affairs is due to huge backlogs on water, electricity, refuse removal, etc," said Qoboshiyane.

"We must emerge from this indaba with concrete strategic plans that are implementable, achievable and measurable to turn this ugly picture around."

He said the unpredictability of recent service delivery protests that appeared in one place and then re-appeared in another throughout the country, called for political vigilance to identify organisational strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

A culture of ethical conduct by both political office bearers and municipal officials on issues around supply chains was urgent.

In some municipalities, officials and politicians collude to siphon money from municipal coffers for personal benefit, rendering municipalities dysfunctional.

Organised chaos

"This is what I call organised chaos by our own people to achieve narrow selfish interests. At the end of the day our people suffer and out of frustration ventilate their anger through violent service delivery protests.

"Our capacity to provide solid leadership in the midst of such protests leaves a lot to be desired, in some instances."

He said the bar should be raised in municipal service delivery.

There should always be compliance on how public resources are used to guard against irregular, unauthorised or wasteful expenditure.

Prudent management of financial resources will enable municipalities to meet their financial obligations including paying for Eskom's electricity bills on time and without interest.

"Our department is not going to provide financial bailouts forever. There will have to be a cut-off point and such municipalities will have to fend for themselves."

The government would take some hard decisions on these municipalities.

Qoboshiyane called for an urgent plan by Eskom and district municipalities to deal with issues of non payment of electricity bills.

The department, in the meantime was sending teams support, strengthening internal systems and building capacity at municipalities.

Qoboshiyane commended municipalities who were "slowly turning the corner".

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-14 17:19

    In ONE day the ANC have: arrested Shaky Sheik, suspended Paul Ngobeni and NOW are giving municipalities that have been CRAP & USELESS since the last election, FINAL WARNINGS....hahahhahahaha, they are really trying to look as though they give a sh*t. GUESS WHAT? I ain't buying these election tactics.....Up yours.

      Ponkie - 2011-03-14 18:38

      There is a reason for the municipalities "existence" - they exist solely to squander the taxpayers money.

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-14 19:37

      Exactamundo - all talk until the next election.

      Digit - 2011-03-15 10:21

      ... "This is what I call organised chaos by our own people to achieve narrow selfish interests. At the end of the day our people suffer and out of frustration ventilate their anger through violent service delivery protests. "Our capacity to provide solid leadership in the midst of such protests leaves a lot to be desired, in some instances." .... Monkey see, Monkey do !! The National govt cannot deliver, so how can one expect local govt to do the same, much less municipalities ....

  • Sword&Cross - 2011-03-14 17:22

    The "International White Management Forum" has taken note that there IS no management in any quasi tribal municipality flooded by unqualified traditional child grant producers and also that there is ZERO adherence to the demographic proportionment of whites and other races in these black circuses that succeed in only a single pursuit of EMBEZZLEMENT AND THEFT like any hillside clan does these days. They will ONLY try and make justification AFTER getting RBillion deals for each upper echelon ANC racist in their midst, SO PAY UP STATE, never mind the indian in the woodstack.

      Zeus - 2011-03-14 17:41

      ZZZzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!! you sound like one who dare not kill himself for fear of what your neighbors will say

      Meanleader - 2011-04-02 12:15

      @sword£cross .That was the best "one breath" tirade of all time . It encompassess most of the facts glaring us in the face today . And very true !

  • Macho Mike - 2011-03-14 17:33

    Eish, funny that just before elek-shuns, the ANC start to make much noise about much things. Hau, i belief the ANC is much worried and is now speaking promises of all nice things but means nothings.

      Meanleader - 2011-04-02 12:20

      "ventilate their anger through violent service delivery protests." As good as he sounds , Qoboshiyane is showing signs of having too much VENTILATION in his head . Sounds like he is gunning for President . He speaks of Emerging from the indaba with concrete plans..etc.. BUT none were forthcomming !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • onetickie - 2011-03-14 17:46

    Local Government MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane on "organized chaos in Eastern Cape". Where's he been the last 16 years?

      thinker - 2011-03-14 20:08

      Assisting in creating the chaos.

  • craiggib - 2011-03-14 17:47

    oooh the MEC must have gone on a course....SWOT analysis....IMPRESSIVE... Pitty it will come to nothing, as for anything to work when it gets this bad you need to flush the rot and start over.

  • Monica - 2011-03-14 18:10

    A complete disaster; I do not think that the ANC realized that you have to do up-keep on everything that exist on earth. They just took over; stole the funds that was meant for maintenance. It might be the right time to cut down on extravagant expenses!!! You go ANC; fix the problems and put us back on our rail-roads; instead of building toll-gates!!!!

  • Wishbone - 2011-03-14 18:19

    I think the ANC should justify its existence.

  • Sword&Cross - 2011-03-14 20:20

    Start thinking "Qualified Franchise in Racist South Africa" for true Justice & Peace to arrive.

  • Michel - 2011-03-15 06:00

    A little less conversation a little more action...

  • WCD - 2011-03-15 07:57

    The snake is slowly biting off its own tail, i enjoy it tremendously to be spectator at the 2011 VIVA - World Cup of Idiots. Where will the final be held?

  • ratex - 2011-03-15 09:06

    Here's a thought, and I am not a lawyer. If we are contractually bound to pay our water and lights, rates and taxes, then the municipality is also contractualy bound to provide sed service. If they do not provide the services that we are paying them for then technically they are in breach of contract and are then subject to a civil lawsuit, are they not? Also by them running out of money which us taxpayers have given them, then this can surely be construed as fraud? Just a thought.

      Steve Wonderboy - 2011-04-12 20:16

      we could sue them, but then we'd be called racist by our present government.

  • Ay Gee Wils - 2011-09-27 23:03

    without the skills to doo the job its a waste of time -40 years in engineering has tought me one thing - you can be as open minded as you like about a working entity - you can put it together anyway you like with a hammer too if you wish - but it won't go! it will just be a heap of stuff doing nothing but costing money - there is only one way - the right way! and thats why we train apprentices (used to) and thats why without skills in municipal management they will never get it to work!! there is no exsample in history where something useful and complete got there by incompitance, blundering and fluke ... we need qualified personel very urgently.

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