The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature 19 June 2015 by the DA’s Shadow MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fred Nel MPL and Spokesperson for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mervyn Cirota MPL, during the 2015/16 Annual Budget Debate for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.
Fred Nel MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
“COGTA must provide more support to tackle service delivery ills”
- Highlight of the budget is the long awaited establishment of the provincial disaster management centre.
- The province needs to see how delivery of basic services is accelerated in all communities, especially those that were hurt most by apartheid
- However, while it may appear on the surface that the budget delivers, closer analysis reveals that it definitely does not do so
- Bulk of the budget goes to CDW programme, but this programme does not promote public participation significantly
- CDW programme is an indication that it is the main strategic priority of the department, but the hard issues are receiving much less priority than they should
- Impact of COGTA on local government in the province is hardly felt.
- Municipal finances are deteriorating, response times to failing infrastructure taking longer, infrastructure roll-out is slow, billing chaos, corruption is rife and the so called services endured by citizens is appalling
- More resources need to be spent on the real priorities of local government in the province and the COGTA budget needs to reflect it.
- As a result the DA cannot support the COGTA budget.
The full speech can be obtained here.
Mervyn Cirota MPL
DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
“COGTA needs to serve the community and restore human dignity”
- Two of the ten pillar strategic objectives are the “promotion and establishment of organs of popular power and democratic systems which incorporate street committees, ward committees and block committees.
- Reports are still being received from the our members on these committees that some of the ward members are still untrained ; that they pay lip service on their intended mandates and turn up for meetings only to receive their monthly stipend. Of serious concern is the lack of connection by these committees with the community.
- Failure to serve the community is failure to provide an opportunity where the community is inclusive and limits their freedom to influence their future.
The supply of water and sanitation is paramount. Human dignity is severely undermined should these services be lacking.
The full speech can be obtained here