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artisan2BusinessLive reports that according to Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize, a shortage of skills in critical sectors such as water engineering continued to hamper the functioning of municipalities.  

He indicated that only 55 municipalities out of 257 had engineers leading their technical divisions, while, based on an assessment by his department, just 7% of municipalities were classified as functioning well.  Speaking at a ceremony on Monday to send off newly appointed engineers and town planners to distressed municipalities, Mkhize said his department and the Treasury had identified 87 distressed and dysfunctional municipalities for intervention.  The department had so far appointed 81 new engineers and town planners, with intervention programmes clustered into three main areas — governance and administration, financial management and service delivery.  Mkhize said he had made a commitment that his department would, through its implementing agent the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent, urgently support 55 struggling municipalities to spend their infrastructure allocations.  District technical support teams have been established.  In a bid to improve monitoring, the department was exploring the acquisition of an early-warning system dashboard.

  • Read this report by Bekezela Phakathi in full at BusinessLive

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