Ministerial Task Team begins work in Mpumalanga

Monday, August 3, 2009

Nelspruit - The Ministerial Task Team dispatched to investigate residents' concerns over lack of service delivery in Mpumalanga began its work at the Ehlanzeni District Municipality, on Monday.

According to provincial Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs spokesperson Simphiwe Kunene, the Ministerial Task Team has been divided into three small task teams, with each focussing on a different district municipality.

Task teams are being dispatched to the Ehlanzeni District Municipality, the Govan Mbeki Local Municipality in the Gert Sibande District and DR JS Moroka in Nkangala District.

"Today's visit to the Ehlanzeni District Municipality is aimed at getting first hand information through looking at matters of good governance, financial management, service delivery as well as labour related issues," Mr Kunene said.

The team will conduct interviews with a number of stakeholders, including executive mayors; members of the mayoral committee and ward committees, municipal officials, and political parties represented in the municipalities, organised labour and community development workers.

The task teams comprise representatives from the National and Provincial department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Department of Water Affairs and Environment, SALGA Mpumalanga and South African Workers Union and Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union.

The task teams, which are expected to conduct their investigations over the next two weeks, will also invite written submissions from organised business, civic organisations and all interested parties.

"It is expected that they will submit a report by 21 August 2009. Once the investigation and in depth analysis have been completed a turn around strategy will be developed. All stakeholders are requested to co-operate with the task team," Mr Kunene said.