Deputy Minister Pam Tshwete: Municipalities must ensure competent leadership

MARCH 13, 2015

Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, Pam Tshwete, on Friday challenged municipalities and councillors to ensure they maintain “dynamic relationships” with residents in their constituencies as well as ensure that skilled people are employed in administrative positions.

She was speaking during a Water and Sanitation Indaba at the Grahamstown City Hall in Grahamstown where she had accompanied Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane on her tour of the town to assess water provision.

“Councillors must ensure a dynamic relationship with their Constituencies and this should include the organised sector for purposes of reporting and eliciting new knowledge to inform our planning arrangements,” Tshwete told stakeholders.

“We must also resource the municipal administration with technically skilled and competent administrators. In finance, for example, we want accountants and not maths teachers.”

The Makana Local Municipality was placed under administration by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Pravin Gordhan, and Eastern Cape MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa, last year August after the council led by Mayor Zamuxolo Peter was accused of maladministration.

Since the Makana Local Municipality has expereinced dire water shortages over the past number of years, Tshwete also asked stakeholders to develop a Water and Sanitation Development Plan for the municipality and budget for the implementation thereof.

“Within this Plan we must develop Municipal Priority Action Plans for immediate targeting and implementation,” she said.

“This Plan must be reviewed continuously to assess and evaluate its implementation and the level of satisfaction within the community.

“Water conservation demand management initiatives must be taken to all communities and sectors as part of awareness creation.

“We must also deal with the high water losses through training and development of community technicians.”

Image: TOP - Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, Pam Tshwete. Images: Dept of Water and Sanitation via Facebook.