Distressed municipalities to receive support teams

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Andries Nel says by December, all distressed municipalities will be receiving support from a dedicated team.

“We have deployed District Support Teams consisting of engineers, construction and project managers, financial accountants, town and regional planners as well governance and administration experts in 55 of the priority distressed municipalities. By December, all distressed municipalities will have a support team,” said the Minister.

Nel was speaking at the Vision 2030 Summit in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

The support team will assist municipalities with governance, service delivery and financial management.

“We have initiated an intensive recovery programme focusing on governance, service delivery and financial management. A major aspect of improving governance is ensuring the appointment of suitably qualified personnel. This simply means we need municipal managers who know what they are doing,” said the Deputy Minister.

His remarks come as the department rolls up its sleeves to clean up municipalities following a finding the Auditor General made that 87 municipalities are distressed or dysfunctional. – SAnews.gov.za