Salga KZN tackles councillor induction

Msunduzi Municipality takes the lead

Councillor training will be of great benefit to portfolio heads from previously disadvantaged areas

The need to view the councillor induction within the context of the SA Local Government Association (Salga) Strategic Plan 2012-2017 was highlighted at the recent Councillor Induction Programme hosted by Msunduzi Local Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal.

Sabelo Gwala, acting provincial executive officer of Salga KZN, said at the event – which focused on roads and transport – that the Strategic Plan, which was signed off by the National Executive Committee in January 2012, identifies capacity building as one of the three priorities on which the organisation will focus in the quest for a developmental local government.

According to Salga, the KZN province has a complex intermodal network of road, rail, air and sea transport with both motorised and non-motorised transport, and the importance of continuously training councillors in roads and transport is crucial. “Based on the backlogs in previously disadvantaged areas such as Umsinga, Umvoti and the Umlazi area, the training will be of great benefit to portfolio heads in these municipalities,” Salga states on its website.

Sibulele Dyodo, roads and transport specialist at Salga, facilitated the training along with officials in provincial and national government specialising in transport. The induction programme was successful, with more than 50 councillors and officials from municipalities in KZN having attended.

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