BUDGET constraints, a slow transition process, loss of key technical managers and the loss of continuity in post amalgamation among the political leadership at the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality (EMLM) are some of the challenges plaguing the newly established local authority.
These factors are contained in the terms of reference drawn up for the crisis committee to deal with.
Among other things, the current crisis of power supply cuts, which in turn have led to water cuts are listed.
The terms of reference were drawn up by the process facilitators and technical support specialists, the Eastern Cape Socio-Economic Consultative Council.
The 13-member crisis committee was established with representatives from EMLM, the business fraternity and the Chris Hani Development Agency.
The terms of reference state that, as a result of the listed factors, Komani was experiencing problems in service delivery continuity.
These included a failure to manage and implement appropriate cyclical maintenance processes and the slow procurement of services. The area also faced regular and acute electricity and water supply outages while there was inadequate maintenance and repair to roads.
The local authority also had problems with the management of land, leading to a severe shortage of land for housing and economic development.
Other challenges included budget constraints and a limited rates base (due to under-collection).
The crisis committee, also referred to as the service delivery task team, would be responsible to the mayoral committee to ensure decisions were implemented across the municipality and its components. “Its immediate purpose will be, in conjunction with relevant government departments, to draw up proposals and to seek urgent funding support for the immediate resolution of electricity and water supply problems and, where necessary, to seek urgent funding support,” the document said.
The team would, in the short and medium term, identify and analyse other administrative technical management issues of common concern, which required a system-wide response. It would identify and coordinate management reforms to improve services and increase efficiency. The committee would be responsible for leveraging additional technical support, to monitor and evaluate the agreed-upon action plan and to introduce measurable improvements and administrative reforms.
“The team will ensure sharing of knowledge in order to enable organisations to profit from best practices. It will review issues of an administrative nature submitted by stakeholders.”
Executive mayor Lindiwe Gunuza-Nkwentsha will serve as the chairwoman or any other person as agreed upon by the majority.