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Gauteng municipalities convene at the SALGA Gauteng Provincial Members Assembly

 

 

 


Posted: 10 December

The Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) in the Gauteng Province, led by its Chairperson, Cllr. Busisiwe Modisakeng resolved to convene the 3rd annual Provincial Members Assembly (PMA) of the current term of local government (2016-2021) at the Parktonian Hotel in Braamfontein on the 4th – 5th November 2019. 

As a constitutional meeting of all municipalities in the province which is convened in between provincial conferences, the two-day PMA brought together senior decision makers in municipalities made up of Mayors, Speakers, Municipal Managers as well as Chief Financial Officers.
Key to the agenda of the PMA was the District Coordination Model which was recently endorsed and launched by the President of the Republic, Cyril Ramaphosa. The model which is currently in the pilot phase aims to address service delivery and economic development challenges through the synchronisation of planning across the three spheres of government in partnership with crucial stakeholders which include communities and businesses. SALGA Intergovernmental Relations Manager, Ms. Mbali Mahlobo told delegates that this model will assist government to curb the fragmented approach to development and improve overall service delivery.
Mahlobo further told delegates that SALGA, as the voice of local government, is working closely with CoGTA in the overall development of the model, and will throughout the process, engage member municipalities to ensure that they are kept abreast of all unfolding developments.
The PMA further served as a platform for robust engagements among sector specialists in the following panel discussions;

  • Building a capable, ethical and developmental state by managing finance and resources in municipalities
  • Possible areas of collaboration in realization of growing local government plans in the 4th Industrial Revolution
  • Promoting Good Governance and deepening oversight and accountability in municipalities
  • Social Cohesion and localization of SDG’s within the Local Government Agenda to triple the challenges of poverty, unemployment, and social injustice within communities

Following two-days of both strategic and intense deliberations, the Provincial Members Assembly resolved on the following:

  • Support for the initiative for the rehabilitation of mining towns to improve local economic development in mining towns. 
  • Municipalities will strive to support Rand Water and ensure regular payment of water services for the sustenance of Rand Water;
  • SALGA is to engage both COGTA and National Treasury on the challenges with the application of section 139.
  • SALGA is to convene as session to deliberate specifically on section 139 intervention in municipalities.
  • SALGA to lobby and advocate for the policy and; legislation review on overregulation of local government by both national and provincial government.
  • SALGA is to support the retention of transport authority with functions of local government.
  • SALGA to lobby and advocate for the policy and; legislation review on overregulation of local government by both national and provincial government.
  • SALGA pledges its to support the Gauteng City Region Growth Development Strategy.
In closing, Gauteng Deputy Chairperson Cllr. Patrick Lipudi highlighted that municipal leaders are in a position to make impactful decisions towards changing the lives of the communities they serve for the better. “As we go back to our municipalities, let us choose to prioritise development, over the last two days we have been equipped with a wealth of knowledge pertaining to issues in our sector, let us use this knowledge for the benefit of our people and ensure adequate service delivery and also strive to restore good governance all 11 municipalities in this province” he said.
 
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