Madibeng was categorised as one of the 10 dysfunctional municipalities in North West in a report of the department of cooperative governance, human settlements and traditional affairs in the province.
The report was presented by Mmoloki Cwaile, MEC for the department during a virtual meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on 3 August. It follows an oversight visit to municipalities in North West by the portfolio committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.
“We are really concerned about North West in terms of the state of governance in municipalities,” cooperative governance and traditional affairs deputy director-general, Themba Fosi, told the committee.
Cwaile said six of the 10 municipalities were candidates for dissolution.
Fosi said a comprehensive intervention plan has been developed and key projects identified to address challenges at these municipalities.
Short-term intervention plans for Madibeng include patching of potholes, provision of safe drinking water, road patching and stormwater management, and meter installations in Oukasie. Medium to long term interventions include upgrading at the Brits water treatment works. According to the report, the required intervention to ensure completion are amongst others, a commitment by the mining sector with funding and specialised resources. Other interventions include the replacement of mini substations in Brits and Hartbeespoort and the replacement of a 10 km underground cable in the industrial area.
There is also action required to fill senior management positions and the Madibeng council must fast track these appointments.