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COGTA Budget Vote Speech 2018

Minister of the National Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Dr Zweli Mkhize, delivered the annual COGTA Budget Vote speech to the National Assembly on 15 May 2018. The speech included a briefing on the state of local government and a plan for the year ahead. 

The Minister emphasised the need for good governance a municipal level to ensure the effective use of public resources, the creation of attractive investment conditions, economic growth, job creation, the elimination of poverty and inequality, and to attain citizen satisfaction.

The Minister indicated that although gains have been made at local government level, many challenges remain. The performance of the majority of municipalities is below expectations with 87 priority municipalities identified by COGTA and National Treasury as distressed or dysfunctional requiring urgent intervention. Further, 27 municipalities received disclaimers from the Auditor-General in 2016/2017 and 11 are currently under administration. The exorbitant level of municipal debt also continues to be a problem.

In terms of a way forward, an aggressive turnaround strategy to reverse poor municipal performance and build functional municipalities is therefore being proposed. This includes a comprehensive review of non-viable municipalities, and an intensive Recovery Programme in line with the Back to Basics Programme launched in 2014. The Recovery Programme would provide municipalities with support in three areas, namely governance, financial management and service delivery.

A copy of the full speech can be downloaded below.

Photo courtesy of COGTA website.



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