NW premier urges councillors to prioritise communities

───   LUCKY NKUYANE 08:09 Sun, 23 Jan 2022

NW premier urges councillors to prioritise communities | News Article
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North West councillors have been urged to deal with and expedite service delivery in communities across the province.

Premier Kaobitsa Maape's call comes at a time when residents across the province raised their dissatisfaction about the lack of services and mostly about the bad state of roads and infrastructure.

Maape was speaking at the two-day Provincial Conference of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) at Mmabatho Convention Centre in Mahikeng. He says government will promote and prioritise the administrative efficiency of local government as well as ensure that officials adhere to the dictates of the Municipal Finance Management Act.

"Municipalities are strategically positioned to accelerate the provision of services in our communities. But critically to create a conducive environment for business to thrive through attracting investments, hence our emphasis on creation of jobs and expediting the delivery of services through various means," says Maape. 

He adds that councillors should be more concerned with service delivery and job creation than anything else [because] people have lost patience [and] must not be disappointed moving forward.

"Let us prioritise service delivery and job creation as this will go a long way in addressing the challenges of unemployment and poverty in our communities. A support package for municipalities by the Provincial Treasury and Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs is also on the cards," Maape further adds.

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