Minister Plans To Review ‘Viability And Usefulness’ Of Municipal Entities

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan says that “at an appropriate time I would like to review the viability and usefulness of municipal entities”.

Gordhan’s statement in reply to a writ-ten question in the National Assembly, although unrelated, was made after the metro’s Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture (EDTA) Directorate announced the initial findings of a review of Nelson Mandela Bay’s entities.

The recommendations, put to and accepted by the EDTA Committee, recommend that Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism should be incorporated into the directorate and that the Uitenhage Despatch Development Initiative should merge with the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA).

On Friday, the MBDA Board received an award as the best performing board of all municipal entities in the Eastern Cape awarded by the Black Management Forum (BMF) assisted by Deloitte.

The award, the first of its kind by the BMF and Deloitte seeks “to award excellence in the top leadership structures of government entities”.

Speaking at the occasion, Eastern Cape Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism MEC Sakhumzi Somyo explained that agencies were established by government to do “the special delivery tasks that government might be constrained in”.

The award comes at a time when the MBDA is celebrating 10 years of existence, a period during which it has obtained nine unqualified audits and in the last financial year a clean audit. - metrominutes

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