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April 13
Mayor’s programme of action

​AS THE leadership of this City, we recently convened the Mayoral Lekgotla. The objectives of the meeting were to provide strategic guidance on key programmes of action that will drive radical socio-economic transformation in our City for the next five years. Our plans are guided by the National and Provincial priorities of our government.

During our first session which was held on 18 and 19 March, we dealt with a range of topical issues which pertain to service delivery in our Municipality. In the 2016 Local Government Elections Manifesto, we committed ourselves to building on the achievements already made in the delivery of basic services. However, the rising urban population has put pressure on our resources and capability to deliver services to meet the ever growing needs of the community.

We need to rise above this challenge by ensuring that our programmes directly address the challenges we are facing and that we invest in areas that will make the greatest impact. We remain committed to ensuring the delivery of water and sanitation services while dealing with the impact of the severe drought we are facing. We will continue to expand the electrification programme as well as ensure environmentally friendly energy sources.

We are also committed to building healthy, safe, clean and active communities through a number of programmes that will bring about a high quality of life in line with our 2030 vision to become the most caring and liveable City in Africa. One of our focus areas is to work towards reducing the high levels of tuberculosis infections in our City. Plans are afoot that will ensure the successful implementation of catalytic projects that will not only change the face our City, but bring about development in underdeveloped communities.

We will also be fast tracking the delivery of houses. We will continue to invest in initiatives that must be prioritised for youth development linked to job creation, skills development and the establishment of sustainable youth enterprises. These principles will be used as the cornerstone of our Youth Development Policy. We are also committed to increasing the level of public participation in our processes. In the coming weeks we will be going out to communities to consult them on the Municipality’s Integrated Development Plan and Budget for the 2017/2018 financial year. This process is important because it ensures that our service delivery programmes directly speak to the expectations of our community.


Re: Mayor’s programme of action

It is good news to hear that the senior leadership of the municipality has held a strategy session where they have discussed important issues affecting the people of Durban. This fosters public confidence in the municipality as it shows how seriously the municipality’s leadership recognise the plight of the people i.e. not paying lip service to people’s destitution.

There are many people in the Durban area who languish in poverty, and who are destitute and desperate without resources to meet their basic needs. As you may know mfoka Msibi, the state is constitutionally mandated (within available means) to provide certain basic services to the citizenry e.g. provision of primary health care and housing (red rights). The strategy session held by the municipality’s senior leadership should thus be viewed as a contribution towards the municipality’s overall effort of meeting the basic needs of the people who languish in poverty and destitution, and as a way of forcing the municipality to comply with the constitutional imperatives. For that reason, the municipality’s senior leadership should be congratulated for their efforts manifesting as an impetus in the upliftment of the standard of living of everyone including the poor (proletarians, vassals, plebeians, vagabonds you name them).

Now that the strategic objectives have been thrashed out and set, they need to be linked to a budget process so that the Council can vote on these programmes thus creating a separate vote in the budget for these important programmes. This will also contribute towards ensuring that service delivery is accelerated without let or hindrance from the internal governance structures of the municipality. 

Changes to the budget may delay the delivery of service to the people as non-compliance with legal prescripts in making changes to the budget may raise queries from Internal Audit or Auditor General, and possibly also from the Internal Investigation Unit. If these strategic programmes are catered for in the budget right from the beginning by a Council’s resolution there would, for example, not be a need to request budget changes (virements), thus expediting the approval of tenders and payments to suppliers. The foregoing just highlights the importance of getting right the budget process the first time. 

Attending a strategy session may be an interesting occasion but which may turn out to be futile if it is not translated into an operational (tactical) plan. In the municipal environment an operational plan normally takes the form of SDBIP (MFMA Circular 13). The SDBIP should give effect to the IDP and municipality’s budget. Because the eThekiwini municipality is run by men and women who possess the necessary knowledge, skills and expertise, compliance with the legal prescripts is a forgone conclusion. As public intellectuals operating outside the sphere of academia we can only encourage the municipality to accelerate its service delivery programmes as service delivery is the only ultimate measure of the municipality’s performance in the eyes of the public (it is respectfully submitted).

Phela Mfoka Msibi I am not writing a literature review for a doctoral thesis on municipal governance, awuthi ngime lapha nakhu sekudilika umthangala!

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