The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Executive Council chaired by Premier Sihle Zikalala convened a special meeting last night on Sunday, 28 March 2021. The following decisions were taken:
KZN PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL GIVES BOOST TO EDUCATION INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING
The Provincial Executive Council (EXCO) received a report from the Committee of MECs responsible for oversight over the Provincial Budget known as the “MINCOMMBUD”. In the report the EXCO was informed of the budget pressures facing the Department of Education.
The Provincial Executive Council approved that an amount to the tune of R413million received from the National Treasury be re-allocated to fund the provision of education infrastructure. This allocation will be made to the education infrastructure grant (EIG).
The Provincial Government has prioritised education infrastructure as a key priority of the Sixth Administration. This reallocation will go a long way towards creating safer schools and reducing the school infrastructure backlog, especially to provide water and sanitation. The additional allocation will accelerate the construction, maintenance and upgrading of new and existing school infrastructure.
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL DECISIONS ON MUNICIPALITIES UNDER CONSTITUTIONAL INTERVETION IN TERMS OF SECTION 139 (1)(b) OF THE CONSTITUTION
RICHMOND MUNICIPALITY INTERVENTION TERMINATED
After assessing and reviewing progress made by the Richmond Municipality to stabilise and focus on its core issues of service delivery and good governance, the Provincial Executive Council resolved to terminate the Constitutional intervention.
This is with effect from the 31st of March 2021.
The Executive Council noted that the Richmond Municipality has recorded improvement and stabilised performance in the areas of Governance, sound Financial Management, Building Institutional Capacity and focusing on basic service delivery.
INTERVENTIONS EXTENDED IN THE FOLLOWING MUNICIPALITIES:
The Provincial Executive Council also received progress reports relating to the other municipalities under Constitutional intervention. These include Mtubatuba, Mpofana, Inkosi Langalibalele, uThukela, Abaqulusi, eMadlangeni and uMzinyathi.
After assessing progress made and considering various factors, the Provincial Executive Council resolved to retain and extend the Constitutional interventions in Mtubatuba, Mpofana, Inkosi Langalibalele, uThukela, Abaqulusi, eMadlangeni and uMzinyathi. This is due to perpetual challenges being experienced at these municipalities.
The Provincial Executive Council noted that these municipalities require more time and hands-on support. The Provincial Executive Council wants to ensure that intervention targets are met and that municipalities stabilise and become fully functional. The interventions have thus been extended until 31 October 2021.
Issued by KwaZulu Natal Provincial Government
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Lennox Mabaso - Spokesman for Provincial Government - 082 884 2804 or
Thami Ngidi 066 3066 793