MEC Wendy Nelson agrees to help Mahikeng Local Municipality to grow its economy and support its SMMEs
The framework of Intergovernmental Relation Framework as recognized by the constitution of the Republic of South Africa wanted to create seamless relations between all three spheres of government. The intergovernmental framework amongst other things seeks to ensure that national, provincial and local government work together in harmony for the administration of state matters. The framework wanted to facilitate engagement between all spheres of government with the objective of accelerating socio-economic development. The framework also wanted to avoid a situation whereby different spheres of government are in constant confrontation with one another thus betraying the objectives of a developmental state and the National Development Plan.
The Executive Mayor of Mahikeng Cllr. Gosiame Seatlholo and the MEC of Finance and Enterprise Development, Wendy Nelson used the intergovernmental relations framework to meet and discuss developmental matters geared towards improving the lives of ordinary people in Mahikeng. The economic growth of Mahikeng and the role of Small Medium Micro Enterprises topped the agenda of the meeting between the two leaders. The meeting agreed that without viable and capacitated SMMEs economic growth will not take place and unemployment will continue to increase. It was agreed in the meeting that an urgent lekgotla for all SMMEs in the municipality will be convened soon.
The discussion on economic growth of Mahikeng also included the role of cooperatives and the need to establish cooperatives that feed in the value chain of Mahikeng in sectors related to tourism, agriculture, culture and knowledge based economy. The reopening and resuscitation of the Car Wash at Unit 7 was also discussed and finalized. Administratively, both the MEC and the Executive Mayor noted the improvements in the municipal Auditor General‘s audit outcomes. But an undertaking was made by both leaders to ensure that the Department of Finance and Enterprise Development play a key role in supporting the municipal forensic and financial capacity.
The Executive Mayor shared her vision for a clean audit for Mahikeng Local Municipality with the MEC of finance and Enterprise Development. The burning issue of payment of service providers within 30 days as stipulated by both the Municipal Financial Management Act and the Public Financial Management Act was seriously discussed and both the Executive Mayor and the MEC resolved to work together to ensure compliance with the law on this matter. Both the MEC and the Executive Mayor agreed to increase interaction between the municipality and the department with the objective of improving financial management in the municipality and sharing knowledge on programmes aimed at accelerating economic growth in Mahikeng.