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Minister Dlamini Zuma Welcomes the Election of KwaZulu-Natal Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma welcomes the election of Nomusa Dube-Ncube as the new Premier of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). Premier Dube-Ncube has been sworn in by the KZN legislature after being nominated to succeed Sihle Zikalala, who resigned from office last week.

The ascension of Premier Dube-Ncube is historic as she is the first female premier of the province. We celebrate her achievement in the month of August when we honour the accomplishments of numerous South African women and call for more action in building a nation that is non-sexist and in which women and men have equal opportunities and prospects.

This appointment comes at a critical time in our democracy where women continue to grapple with socio-economic challenges. Her appointment is an attestation to the fact that our government is working to ensure that women advance to their rightful position of being decision-makers and game-changers.

Premier Dube-Ncube has indeed come full circle in serving the people of the province, from having been a mayor of the former North Central Local Council. She has also been the MEC for Finance since November 2020. Previously, she served as the MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs from July 2009 to May 2019 and as the MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs from May 2019 until November 2020.

We wish her well in her new role and look forward to working with her to as she plays a leading role in envisioning and implementing the strategic path of the province while working to be the centre of governance and providing leadership in creating a better life for all across the province.

Working through the District Development Model (DDM), we will continue to facilitate stronger cooperation and collaboration among the province, municipalities and national government to reinforce the developmental role of local government as anticipated by Section 152 of the Constitution.

Premier Dube-Ncube is appointed at a time where, according to the State of Local Government Report, most municipalities in the province have been red-flagged, wherein out of 54 municipalities, only one municipality is stable. Twenty-two municipalities are fairly stable, and 20 municipalities are at risk and require close monitoring and support, with 11 municipalities being dysfunctional.

We particularly look forward to continuing our work with the province in light of the cooperative governmental principles envisioned in Sections 139(1) and 154(1) of the Constitution for the provincial government’s oversight of municipalities.

We call on all stakeholders in the province to work with the new Premier as embodied by the DDM as this will guarantee that the province realizes improved and better service delivery.

 

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