Hon House Chair, its mandate to improve the state of co- operative governance across all spheres of government, there must be a strengthening of capacity of the local sphere of government, so as to empower municipalities to manage their own affairs, exercise their powers and perform their functions.
Silo approach-based governance will never work in today's interrelated public service domain. The department therefore must take corrective action in this regard in order to ensure information sharing across all levels becomes a norm rather than an exception.
Department's legal fees incurred during this period are excessive and the IFP agrees that such must be investigated to ensure that fees are not inflated. Repeated late tabling of reports, such as the Department
of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs' annual report must not occur again as such disruptive practices have a knock-on effect and slow down the planned work of the portfolio committee.
Intergovernmental relations must function efficiently and this must be extended to traditional leadership whose leadership role in socioeconomic development and government programme must be strengthened. This department must support municipalities to deliver on the duties provided. [Interjections.]