Laws set to change to boost service delivery

2010-11-26 15:15

The president’s co-ordinating council has identified 350 provisions in existing laws that are slowing down service delivery, the presidency said today.

In a statement issued after a meeting of the council in Pretoria, it said provincial and national departments had submitted laws that “in their points of view hampered service delivery”.

This had resulted in “350 provisions in existing laws and 30 pieces of legislation being identified for contributing to slow service delivery”.

The council – which brings together premiers, representatives from the local government associations and ministers – had agreed in May that such laws be reviewed, and an interdepartmental legislative review committee established.

Among the laws that would be amended “immediately” were the Disaster Management Act and the Municipal Finance Management Act.

“Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Sicelo Shiceka) has flagged the review of the Land Use Management Act, the Prevention of Illegal Evictions and Unlawful Occupation Act, and the Housing Act as critical to improving service delivery,” it said.

Work had also been done on establishing a bulk infrastructure fund to address backlogs in areas such as waste and waste-water treatment works.

“The department of human settlements has requested over R26?billion for the next three years to finance this fund so that it can be used to address the backlog,” it said.

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