Following the presentation of the CoGTA Budget vote to the National Assembly on 15 May 2018, the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) will lead his portfolio to the National Council of Provinces to present the CoGTA Budget.
Members of the media are kindly invited to attend and cover the Budget Vote presentation as follows:
Date: Tuesday, 21 June 2018
Time: 10:00 -12:00
Venue: NCOP – Parliament, Cape Town
The 2018 CoGTA budget emphasise that local government is an important sphere of government because it is closest to the people, hence the importance of leading the reversal of apartheid spatial planning and coordinating an integrated response of all stakeholders and give local communities a voice and respond to their service delivery needs.
Minister Mkhize will emphasise that municipalities need to ensure good governance for effective use of public resources and create conditions for investment promotion, economic growth, job creation, the elimination of poverty and inequality and to achieve citizen satisfaction as well as to create attractive conditions for investment flows.
In line with Back to Basics approach, CoGTA has been engaging all stakeholders involved in Local Government since the clarion call made by President Cyril Ramaphosa during the delivery of the State of the Nation Address in February earlier this year inspired by Thuma Mina/Send Me, from our iconic musician Hugh Masekela. To this effect, Minister will through the budget urge all South Africans to lend a hand and participate in the building of our country by ensuring an effective and efficient functioning municipalities.
Minister Mkhize will urge municipalities to provide the much needed services to communities like water, electricity, street lighting, cut the grass on the verges of the road, ensure refuse removals, repair potholes and ensure correct billing systems for both households and businesses.
Minster Mkhize will outline plans to turn around the municipalities that are experiencing challenges as he announced earlier as follows:
Seven percent of the country’s municipalities are classified as well-functioning,
About 31% of the municipalities are reasonably functional,
Thirty one percent are almost dysfunctional and
The remaining 31% is dysfunctional or distressed.
With the support from all stakeholders and communities including sectors of society, we can cement partnerships towards building better, efficient and effective municipalities.
Source: Government of South Africa