The newly appointed KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Sipho Hlomuka has today given his marching orders to managers within the department.
MEC Hlomuka met with the senior management in Pietermaritzburg where he outlined his vision for the department and what he expects from the various managers. In his address, the MEC emphasised the importance of accountability and transparency. “Our communities are relying on us to support their municipalities that are at the coalface of service delivery and the institution of traditional leadership which is one of the pillars of governance our province is built on. It is my hope that team Cogta will step up to the challenges that are facing Amakhosi and municipalities so that our communities will be able to access efficient and effective services. In order to address these challenges we have to be exemplary and ethical in the pursuit of a better life for all residents of the province,” said Hlomuka.
The MEC also committed himself to championing programmes within the department that empower the youth. “Our province faces a serious challenge in the area of youth unemployment and, as a department, we have to respond to this need and our municipalities must address this issue specifically”.
The meeting was attended by all Directors, Chief Directors, Deputy Director Generals and the HOD, Thando Tubane, who chaired the meeting. The MEC will also embark on an extensive consultation process with all departmental stakeholders who include Amakhosi, mayors and internal staff.
For more information contact: KZN Cogta spokespersons Lennox Mabaso, 082 884 2403; or Senzelwe Mzila 082 474 1882