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Local Government Standing Committee affirms support to the administration during oversight visit
Thursday, 03 December 2015 11:09

standingcommittee smallThe members of the Standing Committee on Local Government of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament led by its Chairperson, Honorable Malizole Mqasela visited Oudtshoorn on 19 November 2015 to discuss the mandate and terms of reference of the administrator, progress made since the appointment of the administrator and challenges in relation to the execution of the administrator’s mandate.

The delegation also consisted of the Western Cape Provincial Treasury, office of the Auditor-General, South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. This visit is part of the oversight role the Standing Committee on Local Government has to play into the progress made in the past three months of the Provincial Intervention in terms of the Section 139 of the Constitution.

The meeting also spoke in unison in terms of a possible extension the intervention process moving beyond next year’s Local Government elections. The visit was also extended by a visit to the Waste Water Treatment Plant where the chairperson, Mr. Mqasela assured the administrator and the residents of the greater Oudtshoorn of the support during the intervention process and beyond.

Chetty presented challenges as well as progress made by the administrator for the past three months. The report covered the following areas: Financial situation of the Municipality Forensic investigations, Cango Caves, Staff matters, Oudtshoorn Waste Water Treatment Plant, Human Settlements, Road and storm water amongst others.

The delegation also as part of their visit, visited the Oudtshoorn Waste Water Treatment Plant to acquaint themselves with the situation at the waste water works. The delegation was generally satisfied with the progress the Administrator has achieved so far and the quality of the report presented.

Hon Mqasela also expressed Provincial Parliament’s support to the intervention process. “We are your partners in journey – we’ll not leave you (greater Oudtshoorn) alone. This is one of engagement where all role players reached consensus in the discussions.”

Mr. Cetty in his turn said that the road to recovery for Oudtshoorn Municipality is very long. “The challenges are serious and immense, and the progress made so a foundation for excellent service delivery and a good financial state. The next step would be to ensure that we fast-track the plans put in place. This would require integrated co-operation from all role players.”