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NMB mayor to be told to fill the potholes and make sure traffic lights work

Sep 17, 2014
NMB mayor to be told to fill the potholes and make sure traffic lights work

Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Ben Fihla and his counterparts from across the country will tomorrow be briefed on government’s “Back to Basics” for local government.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan said yesterday that the Presidential Local Government Summit’s theme of “Back to Basics” reflected government’s wish that local government “should attend to the practical, elementary actions and programmes that make a positive difference in people’s lives”.

Gordhan said that the campaign “will ensure that in every municipality, traffic lights work, potholes are filled, water is delivered, refuse is collected, electricity is supplied and refuse and waste management takes place”.

Gordhan has conducted a “rapid assessment” of the state of local government that covered areas such as political stability, governance, service delivery, financial management, institutional management and community satisfaction.

In response to this, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has initiated a process of “setting benchmarks for municipalities to per-form their basic responsibilities, every day, without fail”.

In addition to Fihla, Speaker Maria Hermans, Chief Whip Joy Seale, City Manager Mpilo Mbambisa and CFO Trevor Harper are also required to attend the summit in Johannesburg. Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle is also required to attend.

Gordhan said that the summit, to be addressed by President Jacob Zuma, would be the opportunity “to announce ways to address the critical challenges affecting municipalities”.

He said the summit was “a means to move South Africa forward and make a visible, practical and daily difference in communities”. - metrominutes.


CAPTION: Nelson Mandela Bay Metro mayor, Ben Fihla