The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma delivered the keynote address at this year’s Local Government Week seminar convened by the National Council of Provinces (NCOP).
The annual Local Government Week runs from 13 to 15 September 2022, under the theme: ‘Advancing Our Collective Effort to Enhance Oversight and Accountability in the Local Sphere of Government’.
The Minister’s address focused on “Building capable, accountable, financially viable and sustainable municipalities through enhanced oversight and accountability in the local sphere of government”.
Minister Dlamini Zuma said every week should be Local Government Week and defined the inherent characteristics of an ideal Local Government that is key to realising a developmental state.
The Minister emphasised the need to institutionalise the District Development Model (DDM) as a whole of government and society approach.
“The amendments to the Municipal Structures AmendmentAct 2021, Municipal Systems Amendment Act 2022 and the review of the National Local Economic Development Framework signify notable milestones towards an ideal Municipality. Working together we can achieve resilient, sustainable, coherent, non-sexist, vibrant and climate-smart communities,” said Minister Dlamini Zuma.