Task team to monitor KZN towns

2014-07-01 00:00

LOCAL government will come under the spotlight in KwaZulu-Natal in the next five years of Premier Senzo ­Mchunu’s term.

Mchunu announced the formation of a good governance support team for the province’s municipalities during his State of the Province Address.

The team, aimed at monitoring performance and provide solution to problems of municipalities, will be located in the Office of the Premier.

“This team will work with both national government and municipalities in the spirit of co-operative governance,” Mchunu said, adding he had indicated his intention regarding the team to Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Pravin Gordhan.

“The team will be proactive in outlook and approach through effective monitoring. It will be firm on procedures and good practices through intervention; and decisive on wrongdoing through appropriate action,” the premier added.

It comes against the backdrop of some municipalities still being under administration and the national government’s commitment to accelerate delivery of services to avert community protests.

However, Mchunu’s spokesperson Ndabezinhle Sibiya said the citizens of KwaZulu-Natal would have to wait a few months before the team of experts is formed. “Work has begun to draw the terms of reference of the support team. At the moment I can’t confirm how much is to be allocated. The premier is consulting with the minister, and resources and funding will obviously be known once internal processes are finalised,” Sibiya said.

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