South African Local Government Association of KwaZulu-Natal SALGA KZN
PROVIDING MUNICIPAL SUPPORT
South African Local Government Association of KwaZulu-Natal SALGA KZN is an association of all sixty one municipalities based in the KwaZulu-Natal Province. It is a nonprofit making organisation that finds its existence from Section 2(1) of the Organized Local Government Act, No. 52 of 1997 and the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. It is a member of South African Local Government Association (SALGA).
The aim of the association is to promote a culture of consultative and cooperative government that is accountable to the public through partnership programmes with government departments, private sector, organised labour and community based organisations. The local government Municipal Systems Act, No. 32 of 2000 includes a general mandate for organised local government, which encompasses enhancing cooperation between municipalities and generally supporting municipalities in achieving their developmental and transformational mandate.
Developing and advocate policy positions on behalf of its membership
Representing, promoting and protecting the interest of local government
Transforming local government to enable it to fulfil its developmental role
Enhancing the role and status of municipalities
Serving as the employer organization
Facilitating and coordinating the capacity development of municipalities
KEY FOCUS AREAS GOVERNANCE
SALGA KZN plays a key role in providing leadership in the interface between national and provincial spheres of government and local government on matters of policy, legislation, regulation, roles and functions; and advocate for appropriate policy and regulatory reform that support local governance.
Ensures the appropriate oversight of legislative amendment impacting on local government and the maintenance of rigorous consultation processes.
Provide information and advice to municipal councillors and their administration on the application of the local government Act and other relevant legislation.
Provide development opportunities and skills development for councillors, community organizations and other key stakeholders. Maximise awareness within the communities of local government's role.
SALGA KZN seeks to ensure that local government receives a fair share of revenue (equitable share, municipal support institutional support grant, municipal infrastructure grant, etc) to provide infrastructure and services to meet the needs of local communities.
Develop proper financial systems for municipalities and facilitate financial skills development and resource mobilization.
INFRASTRUCTURE & SERVICES
Municipalities are responsible for managing vast amount of community assets and infrastructure and have custodial roles in ensuring preservation of infrastructure and its renewal for future generations.
SALGA KZN influences policies and government programmes that support councils in the provision of appropriate water, sanitation, roads and transport infrastructure. Facilitate planning for maintenance and renewal of council infrastructure.
Pursue funding opportunities to support the sustainability and future demand for infrastructure.
PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
Municipalities are required to develop credible integrated development plans (IDPs) which are central in planning for future development for all sectors of the community and in supporting efficient and effective economic, social and environmental outcomes. Maintain the primacy of local government in land use planning and management.
Achieve a provincial wide strategic framework that informs local and provincial decision-making and facilitates integrated outcomes. Advocate local government views on built environment and land use planning to government in order to achieve suitable legislative and policy reform.
The sustainable management of the environment and natural resources underpins healthy local communities and economies. As planning authorities municipalities must ensure that the use and development of land is appropriate and well managed. Municipalities also have a responsibility to look after land which they own or manage by ensuring that activities are not only sustainable and take into account local conditions, but also comply with relevant legislation. Importantly, municipalities provide essential support of local community based activities and initiatives.
SALGA KZN supports communities in the provision of infrastructure
SALGA KZN seeks to ensure that local government's views are heard and considered by other spheres of government.
Enhance local government's understanding and knowledge of environmental issues and promote awareness of sustainability principles across all areas of local government operations.
Ensure the provision of resources necessary for local government to meet its responsibilities for environmental management.
SALGA KZN plays a critical role in advocating for the maintenance and improvement of public health at local level. The organization has developed a strategy to deal with HIV & AIDS issues and support municipalities in implementing HIV & AIDS programmes.
A number of activities designed to capacitate women, youth and children are implemented in all municipalities to improve health outcomes in communities.
Through its focus on rural development and agriculture, the SALGA KZN has positioned municipalities to play an important role in economic development of the province and in ensuring the well being and safety of all house holds.
SALGA KZN provides leadership and support tomunicipalities and communities in their efforts to implement agricultural programmes such as 'one home one garden' projects, goat farming, aquaculture and many district based agricultural projects.
Ensure that local government has input into the formulation of policies and strategies aimed at enhancing the level and scope of communities, social and economic development and services and to maximize local government's access to funding and resources to provide appropriate community services and facilities.
HUMAN RESOURCES / LABOUR RELATIONS AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
The interest of municipalities is represented by SALGA KZN in the South African Local Government Bargaining Council and its structures.
Collective agreements are negotiated on behalf of municipalities in the Local Government Bargaining Council.
Human resources policies are developed and assistance provided to municipalities with its implementation.
Municipalities are represented at arbitrationand conciliation hearings.
Capacity building needs are identified by SALGA KZN for councillors and officials.
The training for councillors are coordinated and conducted through agreements with training providers.
Short accredited training courses are also provided for committee officers, financial officers etc.
Full Name of Company: SALGA KZN Industry Sector: Community Services Services: Municipal Support Services Customer Base: KwaZulu-Natal municipalities No. of Employees: 27 Auditors / Accountants: Auditor General Bankers: First National Bank
An association of municipalities that is at the cutting edge of quality and sustainable services.
To promote a culture of consultative and cooperative government that is accountable to the public through partnership programmes with government departments, private sector, organised labour, and community based organizations.
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