‘We are still on course,’ says ANC in Ekurhuleni

THE ANC caucus in Ekurhuleni is satisfied with the financially stable municipality it presides over.

“We are particularly pleased with the extent to which we have been able to institutionalise political commitments through the Integrated Development Plan and budget. In this regard, the ANC caucus has conclusively agreed that there are positive prospects looking at the manner in which the medium term revenue and expenditure framework (MTREF) was developed.”

These statements were made after the annual Ekurhuleni ANC caucus’ Lekgotla on September 1 at Lakes Hotel.

The ANC further expressed the view that they were presiding over a responsive municipality with strong political oversight. “All of these are as a result of working together with our coalition partners, the AIC, IRASA, PA and PAC,” a statement read.

“We urge the municipality to move swiftly in allocating the committed R500-million work packages towards Vukuphile. We further make a call that the municipality must step up its efforts of implementing the overall Ekurhuleni 10-point economic plan in order to give practical meaning to radical economic transformation. With this plan and along with aggressive infrastructure spent, we can stimulate an economic growth trajectory.”

The ANC caucus was also pleased with the allocation of R100-m for tertiary bursaries. We continue to advocate a call for free education for the poor and a generally affordable education system. In the same breath, the caucus has noted the positive feedback in respect of the completion of the feasibility study to have a university in the City.

The caucus is further of the view that systems against corruption must be tightened. “We are sending a clear message that our municipality must resist any possible form of capture.

“Appreciating that we are still confronted with service delivery backlogs, we are satisfied that we are still on course with the provision of sustainable basic services and development. We are equally satisfied that governance is stable and that the unity of the ANC caucus is consolidated.”

The caucus also assessed all ANC councillors in Ekurhuleni, focusing on constituency and community work as well as political oversight work.

An average of 89 per cent of councillors took part in oversight study groups and committees. Over 80 per cent of ward councillors submitted their monthly constituency and community reports on time.

“We have already introduced an improved performance management framework to monitor and evaluate the impact of the work of ANC deployed councillors,” the caucus said.

“We remain confident that the assessment has proven that ANC councillors continue to demonstrate the capability of executing key performance areas.

“We are calling for impactful service delivery and socio-economic development. We re-affirm our character of being a conscious, mass-based and service delivery orientated City with an unwavering commitment to serve the people.”

Kempton Express

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