23 MARCH 2021
KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Sipho Hlomuka today convened the quarterly meeting with the province’s Mayors known as the political Munimec where the participants reflected on key matters of importance impacting the sphere of local government in KZN.
*Environmental Management within Local Government*
The political Munimec received a presentation from the KZN Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs on waste site management within the province’s municipalities. The presentation highlighted opportunities that can be created by municipalities through the implementation of proper waste management policies. The meeting endorsed the presentation and committed itself to working with the department to improve waste management in municipalities.
*KZN Covid-19 update*
The political Munimec received a presentation from the KZN Department of Health on the latest trends and developments in the province’s fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Munimec welcomed continuing drop in the number of new cases being reported in the province and the declining number of people who have been hospitalised as a result of the virus. The meeting committed itself to continuing to spread the word to communities about the danger of a resurgence in the number of infections should communities not adhere to the Covid-19 regulations as set out.
*Expanded Public Works Programme*
The political Munimec received a presentation from the KZN Department of Public Works on the province’s rollout of the Expanded Public Works Programme. The projected number of work opportunities in municipalities for the 2021/2022 financial year stands at 44 829. The meeting welcomed the presentation and the special focus placed by government on massive employment programmes, such as the EPWP. The meeting committed itself to ensuring that the targeted number of work opportunities is reached by the province.
*MISA value proposition and key priorities for 2021/2022*
The political MuniMec received a presentation from MISA on its key priorities for 2021/2022. Key among these is the provision of support to municipalities on the provision of infrastructure and basic services. The meeting endorsed the recommendations as set out by MISA which include:
Creation of a national non-revenue water reduction programme, through the BFI;
Creation of a municipal infrastructure intervention unit, to deal with the collapse of water and sanitation infrastructure;
The revised MIG framework review to make provision for asset management planning and implementation (as pronounced by the MTBPS of November 2020);
Support for the Private Sector Participation Model to unlock private sector investment on municipal infrastructure;
Support the prioritisation and inclusion of the projects from the bulk water and reticulation misalignment through the mainstreaming of groundwater;
Support the program to mainstream groundwater to accelerate water provision; and
Engage with KZN Provincial Government to build implementation momentum; as well as to facilitate the inclusion of the key projects in the provincial and municipal teams.
*Municipal Indigent Policy Management*
The political Munimec received a presentation on the Municipal Indigent Policy Management from KZN Cogta. The presentation revealed that 458 000 applicants were registered as indigent in the province in the 2019/2020 financial year. The presentation called for the updating of the indigent policies by municipalities. The meeting noted the presentation and committed itself to implementing its recommendations.