Development boost

Gauteng gets inter-governmental protocol

More integrated service delivery in agriculture, rural and social development on the cards
Agriculture Development
A new inter-governmental protocol, introduced in conjunction with all the municipalities in Gauteng, is set to see more integrated service delivery in agriculture, rural and social development.

Speaking after the launch of the protocol in Irene, outside Pretoria, Gauteng MEC for Agriculture, Rural and Social Development, Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, said her department has committed to effectively co-operate in terms of governance and service delivery matters on agriculture, rural development and protecting the environment.

"With the commitment of the mayors and the Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC), I'm looking forward to more and visible integrated service delivery from local government in agriculture, rural and social development. I think what is important for all of us, is to work with our communities on the delivery we are rendering to them. Then there would be less service delivery protests - unless the protests have other motives."

The protocol is meant to assist the provincial government in complying with its constitutional obligations to build capacity at local government level.

Municipal representatives who pledged their support after signing the protocol, said they are committed to work closely with the provincial government as it holds enormous promise to improve service delivery in the sector in the province.

But what exactly will this mean for the various municipalities? The agreement will strengthen the working relationship between the local and provincial departments and will help to take services to the people. Furthermore, local governments are more likely to deliver, as they will be supported by the provincial departments.

The implementation of projects, assessment and evaluation of service delivery will be monitored by the MMC forum, established by Mayathula-Khoza. 

The forum will ensure coherent and seamless operations between the provincial and municipal spheres in Gauteng in the areas of agriculture, conservation, veterinary services and the environment, including waste management social and rural development.

If this initialitve takes off and delivers the desired results, it could well set a new precedent for other provinces across the country.
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