The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, MEC Sihle Zikalala has called upon the management of the department to prioritise the interests of communities through efficient, effective and trustworthy support to the institution of traditional leadership and the sphere of local government.
This morning, MEC Zikalala met with the department’s management at the Cogta Mayville Offices where he outlined his vision for the department and the kind of work culture he would like to see take place within the department.
This was the first of a series of engagements that the MEC will have with both internal and external stakeholders, as the MEC familiarises himself with the environment.
As a department that is also tasked with the coordination of disaster response within the province, many communities rely on the department to ensure that interim and long-term relief is rolled out in an effective manner that takes into consideration their human rights.
In his remarks, the MEC emphasised the importance of professionalism in how staff conduct the affairs of the department.
On the sidelines of the meeting with the management, the MEC also met with the Development and Planning Planning Branch which comprises the Business Units that deal with Local Economic Development, Disaster Management, Municipal Infrastructure and Municipal Planning.
In his input during this meeting, the MEC called upon the Units to prioritise innovation and embrace new ideas as they grapple with improving the economy of municipalities, disaster response and the roll-out of basic services such as water, sanitation and electricity to communities.