Lasting Development, Growth and Service Delivery
Municipalities play a key role in social and economic development. With limited resources and often insufficient capacity, they seek to develop integrated communities, provide basic services to people who were denied in them in the past and now often cannot afford them; maintain the highest standards of accountability to national and provincial government and to their own constituents; and create an investor-friendly climate to enable business to expand and to attract new investors.
To quote our Honourable Premier, Dr Zweli Mkhize, "For South Africa to work, KwaZulu-Natal must work." Fully endorsed by organised business, labour and civil society, the KZN Provincial Growth and Development Strategy and Plan has been finalised, mapping out our growth path and identifying clear targets and interventions to guide us along the way.
It is the mandate of the KZN Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) to support Municipalities, their Leadership and the House of Traditional Leadership in implementing this Strategy, with interventions, training and assistance to facilitate improvement in the delivery of infrastructure to historically disadvantaged communities, and areas where poverty, inequality and unemployment so frequently prevail.
COGTA has put in place a range of structures and policies to enhance governance through improved oversight, decision making and compliance. Increasingly, there have been sustained improvements in municipal administration, governance and performance, co-operation between the various spheres of government, and efforts to dignify and develop traditional leaders and their support structures, with the Auditor-General recognising our municipalities as the best governed in the country.
The focus is now on developing structured Service Delivery Plans at all district municipalities, guiding social and economic infrastructure development, and the creation of an environment conducive to eradicating service delivery backlogs while building public-private partnerships for economic growth and sustainable development.
Let's work together to make all of KwaZulu-Natal work!