The KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) outlined four key priorities in its 2021/2022 annual report to improve local government and service delivery. From supporting dysfunctional municipalities to monitoring fraud and corruption, the KZN COGTA is dedicated to promoting good governance and delivering high-quality services to the community under the leadership of the outgoing KZN COGTA MEC, Mr Sihle Zikalala.
The department has implemented various initiatives to achieve its goals, such as a code of conduct for employees, regular performance assessments and audits, and strong partnerships with local communities and stakeholders. This has led to effective service delivery, community engagement, and governance progress.
The KZN COGTA achieved 95% of its annual targets and spent 99% of its budget in the 2021/2022 financial year, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19. The department also supported the resolution of service delivery issues, established ward committees, and helped municipalities with debt reduction and electricity challenges.
The department's focus on community engagement and consultation has resulted in more effective decision-making and greater accountability to the people. In addition, the KZN COGTA has invested in infrastructure development, created job opportunities, and improved financial management processes. Effective disaster management systems have also been implemented to ensure the community's safety.
In conclusion, the KZNCOGTA's efforts have significantly improved service delivery, infrastructure development, job creation, community engagement, financial management, and disaster management. With a commitment to data and evidence-based approaches, the department is poised for continued success in the years to come.