The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr Richard Baloyi, has today (24 November 2011) announced that a new Municipal Infrastructure Support Agency (MISA) to support service delivery and enhance capacity in municipalities was to be established under the Ministry in terms of Chapter 6 of the Public Service Act
Minister Baloyi said this when he opened a two-day consultative conference on acceleration of infrastructure delivery and enhancement of capacity in municipalities. The event was attended by MECs, mayors, municipal managers, private sector and civil organisations.
The conference is aimed at obtaining input from stakeholders in local government sector and the municipal infrastructure industry. The outcome of the conference will shape the work of the new Agency. The minister urged the over 500 delegates to move away from talks and chart a way forward to the practical delivery of services to communities.
“I will spend more time on delivery and practical side of things, not just talk about talks which happens in most conferences. Turn around must be measurable and time bound. We should avoid movement without impact. We should ensure acceleration of service delivery,” said Minister Baloyi.
.Through MISA, the department will be able to accelerate service delivery through five programmes, namely:
.Municipal infrastructure assessment and diagnosis of the challenges to find solutions that are viable and sustainable
.Provision of municipal infrastructure capacity support
.Municipal infrastructure implementation support
· .Sector capacity development including internship for unemployed graduate within municipalities