Speaking of Premier Magashule during the debate of the State of the nation address 2015
18 February 2015, National Parliament, Cape Town.
Madam Speaker, the proclamation by our fore-bearers 60 years ago at Kliptown, at a solemn occasion of the adoption of the Freedom Charter, that "The People shall govern" continues to be realised as we consolidated the structures of governance .
We remember with distain the fragmented structures of local governance that we inherited which were racially based, with a skewed allocation of resource based on the colour of the skin of the people they served.
The ANC government worked very hard to amalgamated over 800 local authorities to create non-racial ,viable 278 municipalities based on the principle of `one city one tax base`.
In the last fifteen years of a democratic local government system we have moved from the transitional phase to the consolidation phase with unbelievable strides .We have continuously introduced programmes that support local government to ensure that it transcends into capacities that can enable it to deliver universal basic services to our people .
We remember with pride the successes of various support programmes such as Project Consolidate ,Five Year Local Government Agenda and the recent Local Government Turnaround Strategy, which the ANC government introduced to ensure that local government system works for the better.
We are aware of the challenges that still besiege this sphere of government as it faced with massive service delivery backlogs which were deliberately created by the apartheid regime. The challenges of water and sanitation due to ageing infrastructure and the increased demand due to population growth remain crucial . National and Provincial government will continue to put both financial and human resources to assist municipalities to acquit themselves of this daunting task.
The ANC government has introduced Municipal Infrastructure Grant(MIG) and Urban Settlement Development Grant (USDG) of billions of rands to bring about infrastructure revolution to ensure that the basic needs of our people are met. These programmes have also brought about massive employment opportunities for young people and women in our communities.
Whilst the Apartheid regime never invested in skills development programmes ,we have introduced key programmes to develop critical financial and technical skills in our municipalities to enable personnel to meet the challenging demands of service delivery to all.
The ANC government believe in a people-centred and people-oriented government. We have built strong organs of people`s power at local government level. Our ward committee system has matured and it gives communities better voice in the running of their affairs. We also have institutionalised the public participation processes through community imbizos .
We are aware of some of the salient challenges emerging in our municipalities due to political and administrative instability ,lack of financial resources , dysfunctional council and oversight structures,and poor expenditure of capital budgets.
The ANC government has introduced the "Back to Basics" programme to confront these challenges.We already can see the impact of this programme as we stabilise financial management and responsiveness to service delivery needs