Municipal internships mooted

2011-11-24 16:27

Johannesburg - An internship programme to train municipal officials to deal with infrastructure problems is on the cards, Co-operative Governance Minister Richard Baloyi said on Thursday.

"I will engage with universities to work with us through an internship programme and try [to] shape their courses to help interns deal with specific problems in the municipality," said Baloyi.

An internship programme should be set up where academics worked for the municipality for a year as a practical part of their courses, he said.

This would help generate the skills needed to deal with ageing and failing infrastructure.

Baloyi urged municipal officials to work together and provide solutions "that would not become problems in the future".

"We want to reach a situation where all people see us as champions of service delivery."

Baloyi was speaking at a municipal infrastructure consultative conference in Boksburg.

The conference was discussing ways of supporting municipalities with planning, developing, repairing and maintaining ailing infrastructure to improve service delivery.

Baloyi earlier said municipal leaders and officials should stop blaming poor service delivery on apartheid.

"We can't blame it [service delivery] on apartheid. Gone are those days," he told delegates.

"Today, we cannot claim that we do not own this infrastructure. It is for us to rise above it and do something [about failing infrastructure]."

  • David - 2011-11-25 06:22

    Awesome idea, bringing back the old apprenticeship programs is a must for the economy to grow, we need skills. If I remember correctly the minister of Defence was also mumbling about conscription. Would this not sort out our youth unemployment rates. Also consription would not have to be exclusively army/defence but could incorporate hospitals, engineering, or even municiapal work, also use it as a springboard for further education. Going this route we wouldn't need to overspend on extortionist tender fees, we'd have unemployed youth housed fed and skilled properly - hence giving us a generation of real hope.

  • Gail - 2011-11-25 11:19

    Too little too late though at least he is acknowledging where the problems originated from. A lot of the problems stem from the fact that the liberators had made uninformed promises based on spurious information and in order to appear to be getting rid of imperialists they threw the baby out with the bathwater paying them all out early retirement packages etc and replacing them with people who didn't know the abc's of planning, budgeting, maintainence etc. How many experienced teachers, doctors, policemen to name but a few saw the writing on the wall and took the offered packages and their skills and money to other countries. Politicians don't work for free so how on earth could you promise free education, free health care etc to people who spend at least 4 years at tertiary institutions before actually putting into practice the theories they have gained. The ANC broke the chain of knowledge transition to the most qualified person from the experienced AND qualified person before them in an effort to fulfil expectations of the majority.

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