Service delivery - no excuses, MEC says
Johannesburg - There is no place for complacency and excuses in delivering services, the Eastern Cape Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane said on Thursday.
"Everything we do must contribute towards building better communities and a better Eastern Cape," he said in a statement.
Qoboshiyane and 45 Eastern Cape mayors signed service delivery agreements on Thursday to improve delivery to poor communities.
In the 2009/2010 financial year, 14 municipalities in the province received qualified audit opinions, four received adverse audit opinions, 18 received disclaimers and nine received unqualified audit opinions.
"After signing the service delivery agreements, mayors must provide potent leadership, financial and performance management as well as proper governance in our municipalities to perform better in delivering services to our people," said Qoboshiyane.
"We can't continue to be deemed as the most under-performing and poor province in this country anymore. We must change that picture now," he said.
"The purpose of this session is to ensure... that municipalities deliver sustainable services and strengthen communication with their communities.
"This initiative also seeks to address worrying trends and signs that are undermining the progress and successes that have been achieved so far."
The agreements sought to ensure that local government was responsive, accountable and effective.
Each delivery agreement provided detailed targets and indicators and spelled out what had to be done, by whom and with what resources.