Zuma to meet mayors on state of local govt

Monday, October 19, 2009

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma will this week meet with more than 283 executive mayors and mayors to discuss the state of local government and service delivery improvement.

All nine premiers and municipal managers will also attend the meeting, to be held in Khayelitsha, Cape Town on Tuesday.

"The meeting follows previous service delivery improvement meetings that the President has been holding to improve dialogue and action within the public service, for example with school principals and the police," the Presidency said.

Local government is a critical area which needs an intensive focus of all spheres of government. "The president has decided to take a more hands on approach in dealing with this and all matters of service delivery."

President Zuma will be accompanied by Monitoring and Evaluation Minister, Collins Chabane, National Planning Commission Minister, Trevor Manuel, Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, Human Settlements Minister, Tokyo Sexwale and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Sicelo Shiceka, among others.