Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
TIMOTHY Singiswa
re:executive mayor of ethekwini municipality must perform in line with chapter7 section 152 of our constitution
5 November 2019 9:26 a.m.
Dear Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs,
pertaining to 4. GOOD GOVERNANCE PRINCIPLES 4.1. SALGA seeks to build an organisation which is: 4.1.1. Accountable 4.1.2. Transparent 4.1.3. Responsive and Client-focused 4.1.4. Participatory 4.1.5. Consensus-orientated 4.1.6. Follows the rule of law 4.1.7. Promotes equity and inclusivity 4.1.8. Promotes efficient and effective service delivery 4.1.9. Promotes subsidiarity within the context of strategic alignment 4.1.10. Exercises a clear separation of powers between political and administrative structures 4.1.11. Comply with the current trends of Good Corporate Governance 4.1.12. Promotes administrative justice and Batho Pele principles

9.8 Working Groups and functional areas
1. Economic Development, Planning and Environment Working Group
 Integrated development planning (IDPs, GDS, NSDP)
 Town planning & land use management;
 Tourism;
 Air pollution, environmental and waste management;
 Local economic development;
 ICT (as relate to economic development); and
 Climate Change and Local Agenda 21.

3. Social Development; Health and Safety Working Group
 HIV/Aids awareness
 Sport and Recreation
 Health
 Poverty Alleviation
 Arts and Culture
 Public Safety
- Local crime prevention;
- Disaster Management;
- Policing and law enforcement;
- Emergency and fire services
 Youth development programmes
 Children and the elderly
 Gender mainstreaming
 Disability
4. Municipal Services and Infrastructure Working Group
 Water and Sanitation Services
 Energy and Electricity
 Municipal Entities
 Housing
 Transport
 Basic Service Provision and Infrastructure
 Cemeteries
 Public Works

The Transformation process

In 1990, when the process of democratisation began with the unbanning of liberation movements, local governments were subordinate creatures of statute, comprising a multiplicity of fragmented institutions, racially segregated, which, as a result, provided massively unequal services to different communities. The transformation of local government was directed at removing the racial basis of government and making it a vehicle for the integration of society and the redistribution of municipal services from the well-off to the poor.

Local government in South Africa entered a new era with the adoption of the 1996 Constitution. The Constitution introduced, for the first time in our history, a wall-to-wall local government system by providing that municipalities ‘be established for the whole of the territory of the Republic’.
One of the major innovations of the 1996 Constitution was the elevation of local government to a sphere of government, firmly establishing local government’s autonomy. A municipality now had the right to govern, on its own initiative, the local government affairs of its community. This means that while national and provincial governments may supervise the functioning of local government, this must be done without encroaching on the institutional integrity of local government. The Constitution further allocates the functional areas of local government competency in Schedules 4B and 5B.