Save Tsantsabane Coalition (STC) welcomes intervention at Tsantsabane local municipality, MM responds

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The Save Tsantsabane Coalition (STC) welcomes the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), National Treasury (NT) and Premier Sylvia Lucas’ intervention at the Tsantsabane local municipality (TLM).
COGHTA and NT have jointly identified the TLM as one of the priority municipalities that is distressed or dysfunctional and that it requires urgent remedial intervention. Consequently, COGTA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Treasury to facilitate collaboration between the two departments to render structured and coordinated support to financially distressed or dysfunctional municipalities. Furthermore, a joint technical intervention team has been established in terms of the Municipal Systems and Municipal Finance Management Act.
The Premier of the Northern Cape, Sylvia Lucas, has also instructed the MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (COGHSTA) to interrogate the serious governance, financial, administrative and service delivery challenges at the municipality and resolve it in the best possible manner.

 

The focus of the teams will be to provide infrastructure planning, delivery, operation and maintenance as well as infrastructure management, financial management as well as governance and administration issues.

 

According to a media release by the party leader Alister Rodger Davids, the STC, is of the belief that the intended intervention will be based on a proper statistical or root cause or situational analysis. The one-size-fits-all approach would not work, simply because Tsantsabane had been part of Project Consolidate, Operation Clean Audit and Back to Basics, but the situation never improved.

 

As a community-conscious organisation, the STC will perform its oversight role and does not want office-bound consultants who do not transfer skills, but are merely looking for future employment and/or business opportunities. The targets should be realistic and judged on the facts, progress should be assessed regularly and honestly and strategies should adapt to new facts as these appear. Thus, methodology should not rigidly cling to fixed targets, regardless of changed circumstances, Mr Davids added in the media release.

 

According to the STC, the intervention should, as a matter of extreme urgency, deliver the development of a 2030/ 2043 vision for the Tsantsabane municipal area, commencing in June 2018.

 

A Tsantsabane Development Plan must be developed after a proper diagnosis has been made.

 

A Tsantsabane Growth and Development Agency must be established and appointed. Such agency should visit mining, agricultural, renewable energy, etc areas in the Northern Cape, Free State, North West and Africa to capture best practice from those areas.

 

Finally, the STC believes that all stakeholders should sign a social pact to make the Tsantsabane municipal area a better place to live in.

 

 

 

In a media release issued on Tuesday 30 May 2018, the Municipal Manager of the Tsantsabane local municipality, Mr xxxxxxxx, reacted to the allegations and calls for intervention by the STC. The media release stated that the municipality took note of the negative media reports following the media statements by the STC. However Mr put on record that these issues were matters that council had already started to address since a December 2017 council meeting, wherein resolutions had been taken and prior to implementation had sought support of provincial and national government. Regarding the financial situation and service delivery by the municipality, the  municipal turn around plan had been approved with a funding requirement cost for smart metering, infrastructure upgrade for service delivery, and critical posts appointments.

 

 

 

On Wednesday it was reported by SABC news that the residents of Boichoko suburb in the Tsantsabane municipality were increasingly impatient about what they called a “dysfunctional” municipality. This latest compliant referred to the municipality’s inability to replace broken sewage pipes. A spokesperson from the municipality commented that the pipes had been stolen and that the municipality need an amount of R8-billion to replace the infrastructure.

 

 

 

Meanwhile, a letter signed by Mr B S Lenkoe from the Northern Cape Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (COGHSTA), booked an urgentt meeting with the Mayor and MM of the Tsantsabane municipality for Thursday 31 May 2018 at the Tsantsabane council chambers. The letter also invited the presence of the Senior Managers and unions as a fact finding team will be present at the meeting.

 

 

The Save Tsantsabane Coalition (STC) welcomes the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), National Treasury (NT) and Premier Sylvia Lucas’ intervention at the Tsantsabane local municipality (TLM).
COGHTA and NT have jointly identified the TLM as one of the priority municipalities that is distressed or dysfunctional and that it requires urgent remedial intervention. Consequently, COGTA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Treasury to facilitate collaboration between the two departments to render structured and coordinated support to financially distressed or dysfunctional municipalities. Furthermore, a joint technical intervention team has been established in terms of the Municipal Systems and Municipal Finance Management Act.
The Premier of the Northern Cape, Sylvia Lucas, has also instructed the MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (COGHSTA) to interrogate the serious governance, financial, administrative and service delivery challenges at the municipality and resolve it in the best possible manner.

 

The focus of the teams will be to provide infrastructure planning, delivery, operation and maintenance as well as infrastructure management, financial management as well as governance and administration issues.

 

According to a media release by the party leader Alister Rodger Davids, the STC, is of the belief that the intended intervention will be based on a proper statistical or root cause or situational analysis. The one-size-fits-all approach would not work, simply because Tsantsabane had been part of Project Consolidate, Operation Clean Audit and Back to Basics, but the situation never improved.

 

As a community-conscious organisation, the STC will perform its oversight role and does not want office-bound consultants who do not transfer skills, but are merely looking for future employment and/or business opportunities. The targets should be realistic and judged on the facts, progress should be assessed regularly and honestly and strategies should adapt to new facts as these appear. Thus, methodology should not rigidly cling to fixed targets, regardless of changed circumstances, Mr Davids added in the media release.

 

According to the STC, the intervention should, as a matter of extreme urgency, deliver the development of a 2030/ 2043 vision for the Tsantsabane municipal area, commencing in June 2018.

 

A Tsantsabane Development Plan must be developed after a proper diagnosis has been made.

 

A Tsantsabane Growth and Development Agency must be established and appointed. Such agency should visit mining, agricultural, renewable energy, etc areas in the Northern Cape, Free State, North West and Africa to capture best practice from those areas.

 

Finally, the STC believes that all stakeholders should sign a social pact to make the Tsantsabane municipal area a better place to live in.

 

 

 

In a media release issued on Tuesday 30 May 2018, the Municipal Manager of the Tsantsabane local municipality, Mr xxxxxxxx, reacted to the allegations and calls for intervention by the STC. The media release stated that the municipality took note of the negative media reports following the media statements by the STC. However Mr put on record that these issues were matters that council had already started to address since a December 2017 council meeting, wherein resolutions had been taken and prior to implementation had sought support of provincial and national government. Regarding the financial situation and service delivery by the municipality, the  municipal turn around plan had been approved with a funding requirement cost for smart metering, infrastructure upgrade for service delivery, and critical posts appointments.

 

 

 

On Wednesday it was reported by SABC news that the residents of Boichoko suburb in the Tsantsabane municipality were increasingly impatient about what they called a “dysfunctional” municipality. This latest compliant referred to the municipality’s inability to replace broken sewage pipes. A spokesperson from the municipality commented that the pipes had been stolen and that the municipality need an amount of R8-billion to replace the infrastructure.

 

 

 

Meanwhile, a letter signed by Mr B S Lenkoe from the Northern Cape Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (COGHSTA), booked an urgentt meeting with the Mayor and MM of the Tsantsabane municipality for Thursday 31 May 2018 at the Tsantsabane council chambers. The letter also invited the presence of the Senior Managers and unions as a fact finding team will be present at the meeting.