Fresh from the ‘liquor transportation’ debacle that threatened to ruin our Easter weekend, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will today launch a unique project tied into the District Development Model – the blueprint which allows national forces to ‘take control’ in struggling municipalities, and get them up to speed with their more successful counterparts.

Could Dlamini-Zuma, COGTA, and the UN take charge of your municipality?

The United Nations (UN) also has a hand in this scheme. They will work in partnership with the COGTA Department, in order to help implement some of the desperately needed changes. Minister Dlamini-Zuma recently confirmed that a team of experts will provide ‘technical support’ to these regions, ahead of her keynote speech on Tuesday.

“The Municipal Infrastructure Support Agency (MISA) technical support to municipalities is mainly targeted at low and medium-capacity municipalities and, because of the increase in the number of struggling municipalities over the years, MISA has resorted to deploying district teams instead of confining the scarce resources to individual municipalities.”

The municipalities that have been chosen

COGTA published an update on the current situation over the long weekend. Although local governments will still run as normal, both the national department and UN support teams will oversee the turnaround strategy. They confirmed that a whole host of skilled workers and civil society experts will be deployed to three well-known municipalities in South Africa:

  • OR Tambo – Eastern Cape
  • eThekwini – KwaZulu-Natal
  • Waterberg – Limpopo

Can Dlamini-Zuma’s intervention help struggling regions?

Dlamini-Zuma and the UN could, therefore, be on their way to run a municipality near you. Meanwhile, COGTA officials are confident that this government-led intervention can create jobs and improve the level of service delivery.

“The model will foster a ‘One Plan’ approach to local development that seeks to incorporate public, private, and civil society participation and investment in a joint effort to provide service delivery, localize procurement and create jobs. The District Development Model (DDM) has identified specific areas of support that the UN can provide to the districts.”

“The COGTA-UN partnership will initially focus on the three DDM pilot districts, namely: O.R. Tambo (Eastern Cape), Waterberg (Limpopo), and eThekwini (KwaZulu-Natal). The partnership will give practical expression to the DDM principles which are based on cooperation and collaboration among stakeholders.”

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Presh JM Reporter

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