The mandate of this department is to ensure a Local Government system that is able to respond to the needs of the citizens. This is a onerous mandate requiring our best efforts
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. Continue reading
COGTA machinery and systems are firmly in place to establish Local Houses of Traditional Leaders (LHTL) by the end of September 2017, MEC Fikile Xasa announced today.
MEC Xasa said Chairpersons of Traditional Councils (TC) will convene Imbizo meetings in their communities on 07 September 2017 (tomorrow) to select three (3) people who will then take part in the election process on 18 September 2017.
The Houses will be stablished in Alfred Nzo, Chris Hani, Amathole, Joe Gqabi, OR Tambo and Buffalo City Metro Municipalities. There will be no Houses in Sarah Baartman and Nelson Mandela Metro as there are no traditional leaders in these areas.
The MEC said all members of the affected communities are encouraged to attend the imbizo meetings and elect their representatives to the LHTL.
So far the achievements include the;
- Approval of Regulations for the establishment of the LHTL,
- Establishment of the Steering Committee (SC),
- Appointment of the Project Team to oversee the entire operation to establish the LHTL.