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    Informed by Rule 91 of National Council of Provinces on Thursday 22 February 2018, a delegation from NCOP and Free State Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) paid an oversight visit to Maluti A Phofung Local Municipality, convened at Thabo Mofutsanyana District Chamber. The engagements were steered by Mr Jihad Mohapi and Mr Mergan Chetty setaed alongside Executive Mayor Cllr Vusimusi Tshabalala and in the midst were executive officials, members of the public including business and faith based fretinities. In opening remarks of the discussions Cllr Tshabalala stated that he is patriotic about Maluti A Phofung and is not for self-enrichment but to carry the vision of developing the municipality to greater horizons to empower communities. “Pelo yaka e tla dula ele ka hara setjhaba sa Maluti A Phofung”, said Tshabalala.

    In place to render counsel to Maluti A Phofung Local Municipality, Head of Department (HOD) Mr Mokete Duma from Free State Department of COGTA cited that in terms of Section 154 of the Constitution, department’s key responsibilities are to assistance, support and guide the municipalities, thus in execution had various sessions with Maluti A Phofung informed by Back to Basics approach. The municipality further presented the challenges and solutions designed to propel MAP to achieve institutional resilience and administrative capabilities. Furthermore to assist in the development of MAP for a better life for communities five administrators, Mr Moremi- finance, Mr Goliath- Corporate and Human Resources, Dr Motingwe- Service level agreements, Mr Ungerer- Infrastructure, Advocate Lepheane- Service Delivery to ensure effective and support right quality service.

    The oversight visit afforded respective forums, Traditional leadership, Labour Movement, Youth, Business, Taxi Association and Women to express views on the recent encountered challenges in Maluti A Phofung to promote good governance, transparency and accountability. Some of the key issues raised in order to mitigate solutions were administration, infrastructure, unrests, electricity and water supply. One of the key contributing factors detected that challenges were due to the lack of revenue income as Maluti A Phofung is mainly dominated by rural areas of which are not billed for rates and taxes, thus is also the stem of electricity tampering. Therefore as part of the revenue enhancement strategy the municipality continuously embarked on Operation Patala Campaign in various wards to educate, advocate and encourage residents on the significance of paying for services.

    In representing the traditional leadership Morena Ntsane Mopeli expressed an input that “we are proud to have had a Traditional Leaders Summit convened by the municipality to solidify the relationship between the two bodies and our relationship is sound to this day”. Mr Mopeli also appealed to the acts of vandalism that communities should preserve the infrastructure and not hinder with pupil’s education as well as looting of stores as it disturbs the entire community to a standstill. The labour movement expressed dissatisfaction on tools of trade to execute duties, outsourcing and a lot of vacant occupation in respective departments. “We are surprised that the municipality under such challenges managed to assist youth with bursaries, saloon equipment, fashion design, car washes, sports facilities where young people exhibit their talent, youth summit and youth one-on-one to pursue development” , said Mosia Rampuse.
    In adjournment of the meeting Mr Jihad Mohapi stated that the team will continue to regularly monitor and evaluate the developments in the municipality.