Deputy President David Mabuza says an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Service Delivery at District Level is one of the interventions that is assisting struggling municipalities to deliver services.
He said this when he fielded oral questions at the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Wednesday.
"The President has appointed an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Service Delivery at District Level, primarily to accelerate service delivery and give support to the Municipalities that are struggling for various reasons, including those under administration.
"This area of work is focussed on unlocking bottle-necks as well as deal with emergent governance challenges that undermine the delivery of quality services," he said.
Mabuza said the Inter-Ministerial Committee would direct its work on several focus areas, addressing:
Community and business forum disruptions that are stopping existing projects;
Compliance issues around planning; and
"These interventions, including the establishment of the IMC, are as a result of our government's recognition that there are various challenges faced by municipalities, which over time have impacted on the quality of service delivery and the collapse of services.
"This has inadvertently led to sporadic protests which at times have turned violent, leading to the destruction of public and private property."
The Deputy President said that some of the interventions that the government was implementing focussed on:
improving governance matters at struggling municipalities through, for example, recruiting competent managers in critical senior positions and enforcement of compliance with the Municipal Systems Act and its regulations;
the professionalization of corporate systems and processes like performance management system; and
effective implementation of integrated service delivery models and resolving political infighting that affects administration and service delivery.
"Furthermore, there is effective support by COGTA and National Treasury with the implementation of Post-Audit action plans to reverse negative audit outcomes; and compulsory utilization of database on employees dismissed for misconduct, fraud, and corruption.
"The above-mentioned measures will in no doubt strengthen the functioning of our municipalities especially those that are under administration so that they meet the expectations of our people as far as service delivery is concerned," he said.
(With Inputs from South African Government Press Release)