Government takes a district-based approach to service delivery

September 16th, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT

The first pilot site of the district-based coordination model is to be officially launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa at a Presidential Imbizo in OR Tambo District Municipality in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday 17 September 2019.

The model aims to address the challenge of government working in silos resulting in a lack of coherent planning and implementation which has made monitoring and oversight of government’s programme difficult. This new approach will require – with effect from the 2020/21 Budget cycle – that national budgets and programmes be spatially referenced across the 44 districts and 8 Metros.

The district-based coordination model dubbed “Khawuleza” (Hurry Up) aims to address service delivery and economic development challenges through the synchronisation of planning across all spheres of government. Through the model, government will work alongside social partners such as business and community. From planning to implementation in each district, government will consult social partners to ensure that development meets the needs of local communities and stakeholders. Government will also ensure that the local, provincial and national spheres have a shared plan to drive development in the district concerned.

Implementation will entail localised procurement and job creation to ensure that local businesses participate in and benefit from development, and that citizens in the district concerned are prioritised for employment on local projects.

OR Tambo District Municipality, Waterberg District Municipality in Limpopo and eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, have been identified as the first three pilot sites for the model. While the new model is set to be rolled out to all districts next year, it will be piloted at the OR Tambo District Municipality in the Eastern Cape on 17 September 2019 before being launched at the Ethekwini and Waterberg district municipalities in October and November, respectively.

This model was endorsed by cabinet, local government structures, traditional authorities and the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC).

According to Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the one plan will be developed from the grass roots, the municipalities will develop their Integrated Development Plans (IDPs), the province will work with them, national will work with them, and this will result in one plan and a budget for that district.

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