WAR-ROOMS FUNCTIONALITY MONITORING REVEAL UNRESOLVED CHALLENGES IN MOST WARDS

09 November 2022
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WAR-ROOMS FUNCTIONALITY MONITORING REVEAL UNRESOLVED CHALLENGES IN MOST WARDS

Members of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature this week (8-9 November) were deployed throughout the province to assess the functioning of War-Rooms which were established to facilitate a well-co-ordinated, collaborative and inclusive service delivery to communities.

This is part of the legislature’s mandate to ensure that service delivery indeed takes part in our province.

The legislature adopted the War Rooms Functionality Programme in 2018 as part of its constitutional mandate to exercise oversight over the executive arm of government.
Whilst a lot of good work was observed in a number of War-Rooms throughout the province Honourable Members also noted a number of challenges including the following:
• Lack of infrastructure such as office space, computers and other tools to support War- Rooms to function optimally.
• Lack of co-operation from a number of government departments who are almost always unavailable to attend War-Room meetings and report or listen to issues affecting communities in that specific ward.

• A need to improve working relationship between War-Rooms and institutions of traditional leadership especially in rural areas to tackle developmental issues and criminality including gender based violence.
The fact that almost all wards have War-Rooms was noted as a positive development from which the province needs to build on strengthen the work of War-Rooms.
Eleven teams were deployed in all districts and Ethekwini Metro to assess the work of the War-Rooms and each team visited about six war rooms in each district.
All spheres of government, national, provincial and local, as well as civil society players participate in war rooms to deal with issues affecting communities that need government intervention.
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Issued by KZN Legislature Communications Unit

For more information please contact Wonder Hlongwa at 0829083532

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MEDIA ADVISORY

31 October 2022
Media Advisory

As part of its Public Participation programme, KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, will engage the people of Harry Gwala District in a two-day sitting known as Taking Legislature to the People.

This programme is part of the institution’s efforts to facilitate participation of the public in the governance of the province.

The two-day sitting in the Greater Kokstad Municipality follows the multiparty visits by Members of the Legislature in July to all local municipalities under Harry Gwala District where they met with communities to listen to their service delivery issues which need government intervention.

The two-day sitting takes place as follows:

• Dates: 3 – 4 November 2022
• Venue: Bhongweni Youth Centre, Greater Kokstad Municipality, Harry Gwala District
• Time: 9h00

The media is invited to attend and cover the event or follow the proceedings on the KZN Legislature social media platforms.

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Issued by KZN Legislature Communications Unit
For more information please contact Sina Nxumalo at 0829083532

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