Political will key to turning around poor municipalities – Salga

2012-10-22 12:57

Getting the political leadership in poor performing municipalities to commit to improvement is vital, the SA Local Government Association (Salga) has said.

“We have identified one key element [to improve municipalities] and that is political commitment.

When there is a will from the political leadership, administrative performance will just follow,” Salga chairperson Thabo Manyoni told reporters today in Johannesburg.

“Our intention is to make sure that we get the political leadership of these institutions to take a keen interest in the performance of their municipalities.”

Today, Salga met municipalities that fared poorly in the auditor general’s report on the state of municipal finances.

These included municipalities from Gauteng, the North West, and Limpopo.

Salga would meet the other provinces in the Eastern Cape on Thursday.

Manyoni said the meetings were held to help the municipalities perform better.

“Our intention is to engage with these municipalities with the sole aim of ensuring that when we leave this place they would have made a commitment to improving on the auditor general’s findings.”

Municipalities that received clean audits were brought to the meeting to share their methods of success.

“At the end of the day, we really want to make sure that our municipalities are decent places that our citizens have confidence in,” he said.

“As long as the municipalities have disclaimers and adverse (audit) opinions, that erodes the necessary confidence that is expected from them.”

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