COGTA is on the right course to engender the Constitutional provision that encourages the three spheres of government to assist and support one another, consult on matters of common interest and coordinate their actions, through the existing Intergovernmental Relations forums. This is the view of COGTA MEC Fikile Xasa on the planned three day Provincial Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) Forum to be hosted in the Nelson Mandela Metro this week.
MEC Xasa said the Executive Council of the Province resolved that his department become the single window through which all Provincial MuniMEC meetings should be co-ordinated in the Province. As a result, he added that the Provincial MuniMEC Forum since its inception in 2003 has become a platform for strategic engagement and discussion by all national, provincial and local government role-players on strategic issues to enhance service delivery.
“The problem of coordination, integration and alignment of government interventions impacting on local government remains a challenge. There is also an inability by the various sector departments and organs of state to develop a cohesive plan to fully co-operate with one another to ensure a unified approach in their engagements with municipalities,” said MEC Xasa.
He said one of the objectives of the IGR meeting is to identify key challenges and propose solutions to strengthen the functionality of the Provincial MuniMEC Forum and define “clear roles and responsibilities” and “overcome a silo approach” when implementing government programmes and projects.
“We want to deliberate on the usefulness of the Intergovernmental Relations Framework Act to manage governance in a decentralised manner. In this regard, the transformational agenda of government needs to be driven through integrated programmes of support and monitoring with guidance from national and provincial governments towards a more developmental approach,” said MEC Xasa.
The meeting is expected to be attended by amongst other people by MECs from various sector departments, Executive Mayors and Mayors. Also in attendance will be representatives from National and Provincial COGTA, Traditional Leaders, Local, Metro and District Municipalities, Office of the Premier, EC Socio-Economic Consultative Council (ECSECC) and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA).
“In the final analysis we want to put in a place a well-coordinated, integrated and aligned intergovernmental relations system led by CoGTA to support municipalities to manage their own affairs and perform the functions to create better communities,” said MEC Xasa.
The details of this session are as follows:
Date: 13-15 September 2017
Venue: Coega Development Corporation, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.
For ease of reference on the session, please refer to the attached programme.
Members of the media are invited to kindly confirm attendance to Ms Thando Sonjica on 079 508 7571 or via email: Thando.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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