Non-paying govt depts must be named

2010-10-05 00:00

MUNICIPALITIES should constantly “name and shame” government departments that are not paying debts that are legitimately owed to them and they should more vigorously confront these departments. So advised Yunus Carrim, Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA).

Carrim was speaking yesterday at the Institute of Municipal Finance Officers Conference in Durban on accelerating service delivery. He said municipalities alone were not responsible for service delivery failures, other spheres of governement must also share the blame. He said to improve delivery there has to be better co-ordination between the three spheres of government. One proposal to do this is a Monitoring Support and Intervention Bill which will provide for early warning signals and provincial intervention in municipalities before they become dysfunctional.

According to Carrim another reason why service delivery is inadequate is the lack of technical skills. He said CoGTA is undertaking a major skills audit in municipalities and have identified six municipal posts to be critical: the municipal manager, planner, chief financial officer, head of engineering/technical services, human resource manager and communications manager.

“CoGTA is keen to establish minimum qualifications for senior municipal managers and to professionalise municipal administrations …” he said.

Carrim added that his department was also spearheading a major review of legislation passed since 1994 in order to cut out duplication and contradictions; improve the alignment of legislation between sectors and spheres of government as well as remove over-bureaucratisation and onerous processes which bogged down administration.






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