Laws may block service delivery

2012-08-02 17:39

Cape Town - About 300 sections of different laws are possible blockages to service delivery at local government level, National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chairperson Mninwa Mahlangu said on Thursday.

He said Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi was tackling the problem.

"He has already formed a task team looking at all the legislation in conflict with each other, and which is making delivery difficult."

Mahlangu was speaking after an NCOP seminar, organised to bring the different spheres of government together to tackle the challenges facing municipalities.

SA Local Government Association (Salga) CEO Xolile George said a prime example of problematic laws were those dealing with the environment.

He cited the need for municipalities to wait for an environmental impact assessment (EIA), before it could use land for a specific purpose, like housing people.

"There might be a need to speed up the resettlement of people in an area, but the EIA laws might be putting in place an elaborate process that might go beyond a financial year," said George.

The seminar will culminate in a debate on local government in the NCOP on Friday morning.

The NCOP would also monitor the cooperative governance and traditional affairs department to ensure it followed through on its plan to amend laws which were slowing down service delivery.

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  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-08-02 23:04

    Funny how task teams are set up to look at problems regarding the public and excuses are made, but when it comes to their increases and missappropriation of funds there's no red tape involved....

  • norman.depluhm - 2012-08-03 09:34

    With a straight face, you are blaming laws for failed service delivery? Laws don't seem to stop tenderpreneurship, corruption, gravy training, party/state interference, cronyism, oh my word if I keep going i'll either vomit or tire myself out. Some of us actually do the work we have set out for us, because we're grateful for it and we need to feed out families...

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-08-03 09:42

    It must be terrible living without water, sanitation and housing. This winter has been a very cold and wet season, imagine sleeping under corrugation not knowing when the shack will be blown from around you and the family. If these theiving government employees and other culprits had kept their fingers out of the till more could have been done. The punishment handed out does not befit the crime.

  • johan.maree.5036 - 2012-08-03 11:27

    One of the reason an environmental study needs to be done is because you don't want to build where you shouldn't (where it's dangerous) for instance below the water level of an area. When the water comes and washes everything away, you can't then be up in arm asking how could this happen. Environmental studies aren't just for fun...?! The ANC are really masters at shifting the blame. Pathetic!

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