Mashatile, CoGTA and businesses to convene dialogue to strengthen local government 

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Deputy President Paul Mashatile, in partnership with the National Business Initiative (NBI), will hold a dialogue to enhance service delivery through strengthening local government in cooperation with the Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA).

The discussion will revolve around co-creating a functional and efficient society, and how the public and private sectors can collaborate to strengthen local government.

Deputy President Mashatile, CoGTA Minister Thembi Nkadimeng, and Deputy Minister Parks Tau will lead the dialogue on Wednesday, 17 April 2024 in Sandton. 

“The dialogue will also see prominent government leaders across the three spheres of government, business leaders, non-governmental organisations, state institutions and international organisations come together to build a best practice forum, that will guide the public-private partnership model for a successful running of local government,” the statement read. 

The Presidency described this engagement as an important step towards implementing the District Development Model (DDM) strategic partnership framework.

The Deputy President is tasked to assist the President in the rollout of the DDM through effective coordination of the different spheres of government, which will improve the functioning of municipalities and address community concerns. 

“In this regard, the desired output of the dialogue is a collective implementation plan anchored on the DDM. It is within this context that a call for partnerships and collaborations is pursued, to harness all society’s efforts through the cooperation between the National Department of Cooperative Governance and the NBI.” 

According to the statement, the dialogue will reflect on the achievements of the last 30 years of freedom and democracy as well as build on the good work going forward towards the seventh administration. –