Adriana Randall MPL
DA Spokesperson on Procurement
According to a response from the Department of Co-operative Governance to written questions from the DA, at least 154 wards in Gauteng do not have Community Development Workers (CDW’s).
The mandate of the CDW’s is, amongst other things, to inform and assist communities with access to the services provided by government structures and facilitate participation of communities in government development projects.
These are now 154 wards without direct access to government.
Of a total 508 wards in Gauteng, least one in four cannot adequately partake in participatory democratic processes.
Premier David Makhura has made many promises regarding his administration’s approach to active and accessible government. The premier also recently launched a “war room” which aims to deal with service delivery issues directly from the ground.
With a R111.6 million budget for the CDW programme, the department must explain how they are going to fill these vacancies and in what timeframe.
If they cannot manage the programme properly then this money must be reallocated to programmes which will enhance and improve people’s access to government.