SALGA's plans for 2013/2014

Portfolio Committee approves

SALGA's Annual Performance Plan got the thumbs up from COGTA
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SALGA’s identified a number of key programmes in its Annual Performance Plan, presented to the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in April.

The following five priority programmes have been defined:

Capacity Building

  • developing a holistic capacity building strategy for the sector
  • initiating a local government academy 
  • facilitating training and knowledge sharing
  • facilitating peer learning networks

 Rapid Response and Support

  • facilitate SALGA led technical and political support to manage crisis situations that arise
  • profiling  of Local Government
  • profiling local government success stories and development

 Local Government Fiscal Review

  • push for a fundamental overhaul of the local government fiscal dispensation

 Interface with Legislature

  • popularise and step-up the SALGA parliamentary programme

The development of the plan has taken considerate note of government’s National Development Plan (NDP) recently adopted by cabinet. The objectives that are to be achieved by the NDP require progress on a broad front and as a result SALGA’s seven strategic goals and three APEX priorities outlined in the Strategic Plan 2012-2017 are aligned to the objectives of the NDP vision. 

SALGA’s presentation to the COGTA Portfolio Committee comes after SALGA successfully convened an NEC Lekgotla in February 2013 to reflect on progress made in 2012 and to craft a path for local government for the year ahead. The Portfolio Committee also received feedback on matters raised in the last engagement with SALGA in 2012.

The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee, Dumisile Nhlengethwa, welcomed the progress the organisation had made to date citing that SALGA appeared to be on the right track in delivering its mandate. Questions posed by the Portfolio Committee to SALGA on matters that were of concern included:

  • addressing capacity in municipalities;
  • rooting out corruption;
  • timeframes and deadlines in the establishment of Municipal Public Accounts Committees (MPACs);
  • Eskom’s threat to cut electricity supply to municipalities; and
  • provincialisation of primary healthcare.

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