Intervention to get Ventersdorp back on track

Pretoria – In a bid to improve service delivery, the North West Local Government and Human Settlements has seconded senior managers from the provincial government to act as municipal managers and administrators in Ventersdorp Local Municipality.

The senior managers will, amongst others improve service delivery, prioritising water and sanitation services, stabilise and improve administration within the municipality and facilitate the improvement of governance within council.

They are also expected to analyse and implement the past and current investigations, commissions of enquiry and forensic audits, attend to labour matters in the municipality, as well as improving the financial controls in the municipality, expenditure management, procurement processes, and addressing the Auditor General’s reports.

MEC for Local Government and Human Settlements, Collen Maine, has assured the North West that the department will continue to execute its constitutional mandate of providing the necessary support to the municipality, so that it is able to render even basic services to its communities.

To date, MEC Maine highlighted that both Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and budget for 2015/2016 have been tabled before council and an annual oversight report for 2013/2014 is ready for tabling.

“An audit committee has been established although it is a shared with Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality, senior municipal officials have been able to sign performance agreements and the Service Delivery and Budget Implementation Plan (SDBIP) has already been approved for implementation.

“A number of infrastructure projects have been earmarked for the current financial such as storm water drainage systems, development of internal roads, community, high mast lights, installation of bulk water supply connection,” MEC Maine said. “

Communities of Ventersdorp, including Tshing, Makweteng, Doornkop, Boikhutsong, Appeldraai, Joko will benefit from the infrastructure projects.