Zweli Mkhize to visit worst Mpumalanga municipalities

After meeting with Premier Refilwe Mtsweni, the minister will then meet with Gert Sibande mayor Muzi Chirwa, who runs the province’s worst performing district municipality.

Co-operative governance minister Zweli Mkhize is coming to the Mpumalanga province to look at the issues of municipal governance and poor service delivery.

Mkhize will be on a two-day visit in the province, meeting with municipal officials and discussing the issues of financial mismanagement, poor service delivery, Eskom debts and sewage spillages.

From 30 to 31 August 2018, the co-operative governance said Mkhize will visit the province in order “to support distressed and dysfunctional municipalities”.

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“The minister will meet the provincial leadership led by the Premier Refilwe Mtsweni, co-operative governance MEC Speedy Mashilo and finance MEC Eric Kholwane,” the department said in a statement.

“The minister will also meet the mayors of distressed and dysfunctional municipalities in Mpumalanga,” it said.

The municipalities are Thaba Tshweu, Govan Mbeki, Lekwa, eMalahleni and Msukaligwa local municipalities.

Zweli Mkhize to visit worst Mpumalanga municipalities

Eskom Debt by Municipality

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Three of these troubled municipalities are in the Gert Sibande district, one in eHlanzeni and another in the Nkangala.

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Mkhize will be accompanied by his deputies, Andries Nel and Obed Bapela.

“He will also visit KaNyamazane which has been hit by massive hailstorms which left a trail of destruction over the Lowveld. Currently work is ongoing to repair the damaged houses in that area.

“On the second day the minister will visit Gert Sibande district where Govan Mbeki, Lekwa and Msukaligwa municipalities are affected by sewer spillages as well as governance challenges,” the department said.

“The minister will also meet with other stakeholders, including business during the visit as part of promoting cooperation and partnerships in the spirit of working together to move South Africa forward so as to fix local government, under the theme: “local government is everybody’s business,” it said.

(edited by ZK)

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