Madibeng executive council members, and those of other municipalities in the province, were assigned tasks by the Premier of the North West, Bushy Maape to speed up services in municipalities. This includes refuse collection, patching and resealing of roads as well as provision of water.
Maape was addressing the North West Provincial Coordinating Council NWPCC during a meeting that was attended by mayors and executive council members of municipalities. Maape said the first 100 days will be critical as the province forges ahead with the Accelerated Service Delivery Plan recently launched by government.
The initiative seeks to reposition the province as an ideal destination for investment, with a sharp focus on local government to improve the administrative efficiency and financial accountability of municipalities.
“We need to get the basics right such as improving on the roll-out of infrastructure, provision of services and creation of jobs. The full implementation of the District Development Model must find us ready particularly on the question of building investor confidence so that we can create jobs and business opportunities for emerging enterprises,” he said.
“We recently met with the North West Chamber of Commerce and Industry and we have been crisscrossing the province meeting with business leaders to guarantee them of our support but critically to address a lot of concerns raised by them. The role of government is to create a tangible environment for business to thrive. We need to preserve the jobs we have in the province while looking at other avenues on how we can attract investment.”
The Premier said the provincial government is working hand in glove with the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, National Treasury and South African Local Government Association to seek new and innovative approaches to support municipalities.