The South African Local Government Association (Salga) in Limpopo convened its annual Provincial Members Assembly (PMA) at the Protea Hotel Ranch Resort, Polokwane on Tuesday and yesterday (Wednesday) under the theme “Advancing Quality and Sustainable Municipal Services Beyond 15 Years of Democratic and Transformative Local Government”.
The event was attended by Executive Mayors, Mayors, Speakers, Chief Whips, selected portfolio councillors and Municipal Managers from 30 municipalities in Limpopo brought together to deliberate and take resolutions on critical matters affecting the local government sector.
Also present were Ishmael Kgetjepe, acting Premier; Makoma Makhurupetje, MEC for Local Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs; Lehlogonolo Masoga, Deputy Speaker of the Legislature; Nkaro Mateta, Provincial Electoral Officer; Malesela Dikgale, Chairperson of the House of Traditional Leaders and Salga National Executive Committee members Mpho Nawa and Tshitereke Matibe, among others.
Mogobo Magabe, Salga Provincial Chairperson, said in his welcoming address that the PMA serves as a platform for the annual review of Salga’s five year Strategic Framework as set out during the 2011 PMA, at which the current Salga Provincial Executive Committee was elected.
Mogobo alluded to the achievements of Salga and local government over the term under review and remarked that municipalities need to improve their ability to provide sustainable quality services to local communities and to drive development of the necessary infrastructure to enable creation of vibrant local economic activity as well as to improve the overall quality of life.
“May the work of this assembly serve to conquer the indifference and apathy of those who have not yet received our message of hope, in particular young people who are despondent and stand as easy prey to the vices of distractors. May the outcomes of this Assembly serve to renew the patience of those few communities whose patience is wearing thin while standing in line to receive the hard-fought benefits of our new democratic constitutional order,” Mogobo said in conclusion.
In the keynote address, Kgetjepe said that local government should come forward with tangible and sustainable plans to enhance service delivery, and added that a lot has been achieved so far, but more can be done.
Story: BARRY VILJOEN
Photo: From left to right:
1. David Magabe, Provincial Chairperson of South African Local Government Association.
2. Thapelo Matlala, Provincial Executive Officer of the South African Local Government Association.
3. Education MEC, Ishmael Kgetjepe was the acting Premier on the day.
4. Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs MEC, Makoma Makhurupetje.
5. Nkaro Mateta, Provincial Electoral Officer of the Independent Electoral Commission.