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10 JUNE 2015

EThekwini Hosts Panel Of Top Experts To Promote A Culture Of Compliance And Ensure Good Governance 

EThekwini Municipality’s good governance culture and interventions received an extra boost this morning, when the Municipality hosted a panel of top experts at a leadership seminar on good corporate governance at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Acting Head of the National Planning Commission, Khulekani Mathe; South Africa’s Auditor-General representative, Eugene Zungu; Deputy Chair of SALGA, Cllr Mpho Nawa, legal expert, Michael Judin and independent expert Freeman Nomvulo delivered thought provoking and insightful presentations to councillors and officials who attended the seminar. 

The seminar, the third in a series, is part of the City’s initiative to inculcate a culture of compliance, responsibility, and overall good governance throughout the Municipality. 

The theme focussed on the challenges and opportunities of leading in a highly regulated environment. The aim is to deepen understanding and cultivate a common ethos in translating good governance for sustainable service delivery. 

Mayor James Nxumalo said the seminar series will support and sustain good governance in the City. 

“The goal of this initiative is to foster accountability and uphold high standards of good governance among officials and councillors. Our Municipality has responded decisively to the challenges related to non-compliance with Supply Chain Management regulations and through strengthening our internal controls, we have seen continuous improvement in our compliance with the principles of good governance,” said Nxumalo.

Nxumalo added that an independent Audit Committee and the Municipal Public Accounts Committee, which has been recognised as best practise by SALGA, plays an effective oversight role and has helped to curb the incidence of non-compliance.

The City’s goal is to encourage conversation, promote new tools and approaches supporting good governance and share best practices as well as solutions to ensure a clean administration. 

Nxumalo also said that such programmes will ensure that officials and councillors are capacitated enough to deal with the demands of service delivery, while upholding the integrity of the legislative processes required for good governance. 

“This executive development programme will impact positively on the way the municipality does business as a City and improve decision making within leadership and management in key strategic areas,” added Nxumalo.

ENDS 

Issued by the Head: Communications Unit, Ms Tozi Mthethwa. 

For more information contact Gugu Mbonambi on 0313114855 or email:gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or email:princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za