Dacre Haddon MPL
DA Eastern Cape Shadow MEC for Local Government
There is a disturbing anomaly between the spiralling creation of managerial posts within municipalities in the province and the lack of service delivery.
One is left with the impression that jobs are given to pals while the people continue to suffer the consequences of poor service delivery.
According to Statistics South Africa’s Non-financial Census of Municipalities for the year ended 30 June 2011, which was released last week, (subs: 30 August) the Eastern Cape had the highest increase in the creation of managerial municipal positions, from 260 in 2010, to 291 in 2011.
All other provinces have stabilised or have seen a decrease in the creation of managerial positions except Gauteng, which recorded a modest increase.
Given the poor state of service delivery in the Eastern Cape, the impact of the increase in management positions must be questioned. Are we employing the right people who can get the job done? Municipalities in the province are critically short of engineers, for instance.
Furthermore, the Stats SA report revealed that the Eastern Cape had the second lowest numbers of municipalities that implemented IDP plans in the 2011 financial year. These statistics are flashing red lights to the future municipal sustainability in the province.
At the next meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Local Government I will be asking whether the increase in management positions have had any impact on service delivery as well as the number of vacant positions for engineers.
In addition I will be writing to the MEC for Local Government, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, asking him the following:
1. How did the affected municipalities pass budgets in the 2011/12 financial year without IDPs being presented?
2. Were the passing of these budgets accurate in the non-compliant municipalities?
3. If there were no IDP’s from these municipalities to inform these budgets, on what basis were the budgets passed?
4. How much irregular expenditure has been incurred by municipalities by not submitting these IDP plans and aligning such plans with their budgets?
It is imperative that every municipality submits an IDP to drive service delivery, economic opportunity and community upliftment throughout this province.
The ongoing service delivery failures in communities entrenches poverty, hopelessness and appalling living standards for the majority of our population, particularly rural communities.