1 Intervening in Promoting good governance municipal affairs I. n a range of ways, the CMTP has provided support for initiaitives that promote a system The CMTP has provided of good governance in local government. These are some of the activities that the support for intergovernmental programme has supported in this critical key performance area: relations, a crucial element in ensuring that the spheres of government work together. This includes work around Strategy to fight corruption The CMTP has also piloted the development of anti-corruption strategies the Sections 106 of the Members of the Consolidation of Municipal in the municipalities where it is active Transformation Programme were on hand Municipal Systems Act, 2000 and has assisted in the implementation to blow the whistle on corruption with in consultation with the Department of and 139 of the Constitution. the Minister for Provincial and local Provincial and local Government's anti- Section 139 provides that Government Sydney Mufamadi when an corruption unit.
2 If a municipality cannot or anti-corruption drive was launched. The department is rolling out the does not fulfil its executive The local Government Anti-Corruption implementation of the strategy. In obligations in terms of the Strategy forms part of a national strategy December 2008, it reported that 89 of Constitution or legislation, that aims to curb nepotism, kickbacks and 150 municipalities targeted had received other corrupt practices that damage the assistance in developing anti-fraud plans. an MEC intervene in any of image of local government and hamper the forms provided for in the service delivery. Constitution. Ideally, the MEC Funding for the process and the Promoting IGR. would institute section 106 development of an anti-corruption toolkit The framework and guidelines for how of the Municipal Systems Act came from the CMTP, which has anti- South Africa's spheres of government and may call on councillors or corruption as one of its focus areas. interact has been developed during the municipal managers to provide lifetime of the CMTP.
3 As an important part information and investigate of building capacity and the consolidation of the new system of local government, the matter further. Section IGR has received a substantial amount of 139 sets out circumstances financial assistance from the CMTP and under which a provincial other donor-funded programmes. executive may intervene and One of the milestones was the launch of in extreme circumstances an IGR toolkit. dissolve the municipality. Presenting the toolkit to delegates from all three spheres of government, Director- While each sphere is General of the Department of Provincial distinct, the spirit of co- and local Government, Lindiwe Ndlela- operative government Msengana, said to greater co-ordinated emphasises the need to action was needed if the Millennium Development Goals were to be reached. work together in the best We need to look at the urgent and interests of the people. It is sustainable development initiatives needed in this spirit, too, that when a to accelerate the pace of service delivery municipality fails to perform, and development,' she said.
4 Another sphere of government Ms Ndlela-Msengana said that the policy can take action. For example, guidelines on managing joint projects would provide very practical assistance one municipality had become to public servants working across spheres unable to deliver basic of government. Currently there are few services, while in another mechanisms in place to assist officials to Through transparency and greater case political infighting accountability to the people they serve, transcend organisational boundaries in paralysed the municipality. municipalities can help fight corruption. planning, budgeting and implementation. PAGE 25 Learning from local support Promoting good governance Measuring progress For municipalities to deliver services that What kind of support? improve the lives of residents they need to understand what quality of life is like in different households. The CMTP supported Funding anti-corruption strategies a quality of life survey in the Ilembe District and plans Municipality to help the municipality to Helping establish ward committees use its limited resources where it can Driving quality of life surveys make the most difference.
5 It also provides Support for national anti-corruption a useful tool for municipalities to measure Honest assessments like this initiatives performance and good governance . will assist municipalities Promoting sound intergovernmental Ilembe is on the KwaZulu-Natal coast relations to use their resources and comprises four local municipalities . strategically to make a real KwaDukuza, eNdondakusuka, Maphumulo difference in the lives of and Ndwedwe. KwaDukuza is the most urban of the four local municipalities and Overall the findings indicate a poor communities and show includes Stanger and the rapidly developing poor quality of life for the majority of areas of governance that can town of Ballito, but much of Ilembe is rural Ilembe's people. Most of the people be improved. in nature. interviewed were either neutral or The survey acts as baselines to help dissatisfied with their quality of life, with measure whether or not municipalities are the major reasons relating to health, meeting key performance indicators in the unemployment, money issues and service integrated development plan and to guide delivery.
6 There was also a low level future development in the area. of awareness relating to governance The data gathered paints a picture of the processes with most respondents quality of life offered in each of the local unaware of community participation municipalities and the district municipality initiatives in the IDP or other municipal as a whole. It also gives a detailed picture processes. However, 75% of people knew of the demographics of the areas, which the name of their ward councillor. also impacts on service delivery. Honest assessments like this will assist For example, the findings showed a very municipalities to use their resources young population, with 59% under the age strategically to make a real difference in the of 25. Income levels are low, with 38% of lives of poor communities and show areas households saying they are unable to pay of governance that can be improved. for water and electricity. The Ilembe District on the coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The quality of life survey has revealed low income levels with 38% of households unable to pay for basic services.
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