Capricorn District Municipality was having a council Lekgotla that comes at a time when we are finalising our Budget/ IDP consultation process. It was taking place at Makgobaskloof. CDM was hitting the ground running with significant advances and impact from the beginning of this mandate term and also delivering on the local government elections manifesto.
At the opening of meeting the Executive Mayor said that we therefore need to emerge out of this Lekgotla with a clear understanding of what we collectively, and individually, need to do to fulfil our people’s aspirations, and to deliver the undertakings and promises we have made, as part of government, to ensure a better life for all our people.
“Our effort to transform local government continues to occupy our central focus. As the coalface of service delivery, we are moving ahead to construct a capable responsive municipalities and to attack poverty and economic marginalisation in order to restore public confidence in government”
Topping our agenda was a concerted effort to redress the socio-economic imbalances and inequalities that undermines our society. Another aspect that always had potential to hinder development was a general lack of properly established working relations between the provincial government and municipalities.
Municipalities are, by their very nature, the centres of gravity in terms of delivery of essential services; and it was within this context that we should continue to strive for the spirit of cooperative governance with parastatals and sector departments.
The representation of stakeholders was very positive. Office of the Premier, Eskom, Road Agency Limpopo, Lepelle Northern Water, Makgoshi and all municipalities are represented and making presentations. The entire CDM councillors are in attendance.