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NCOP urges Ntabankulu Local Municipality stakeholders to improve service delivery

Oct 20, 2016
NCOP urges Ntabankulu Local Municipality stakeholders to improve service delivery

The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) delegation to the Ntabankulu Local Municipality has urged all stakeholders in the area to work together and ensure that service delivery to the people is prioritised.

Throughout the week, the NCOP in collaboration with the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature and the National Assembly (NA) Portfolio Committee on Basic Education, has been conducting oversight visits to various sites including pre-schools and a public library in the Ntabankulu Local Municipality.

The leader of the delegation, Eddie Makue, made an appeal to all stakeholders in the area to work together and have a concrete plan of action to address the challenges identified during the oversight visits.

Among the challenges the delegation encountered in some schools, were the dilapidated infrastructure, hazardous space, inadequate learning material and lack of ablution facilities. But the delegation was pleased with the progress made at Zwelakhe Senior Secondary School as one of the best performing schools. Authorities want to close the neighbouring school since it doesn’t meet the number of required learners. The NCOP has called on the authorities to reconsider this decision.

However, the areas from which the delegation derived no happiness from, included the Masakhane and Noluvo Pre- Primary Schools, where learners were still crammed into dilapidated structures and have to walk long distances to and from school. 

Makue said “The progress made shows that while today is better than yesterday, tomorrow can even be better. However, there are still some outstanding issues and we will continue working towards ensuring that service delivery promises made to our people are implemented by all stakeholders concerned.”

The NCOP’s Taking Parliament to the People programme was established in 2002 to enhance public education and public participation, as a means of strengthening our democracy. The programme is based on the premise that the NCOP is crucial to overseeing cooperative governance.

Today’s programme in Ntabankulu will culminate in public hearings in Mount Ayliff where members of the public will raise matters affecting them, particularly on education. Members of the media are invited to the public hearings.