PRESENTATION ON RURAL DEVELOPMENT TO THE NCOP

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PRESENTATION ON RURAL
DEVELOPMENT TO THE NCOP
PRESENTED BY HONOURABLE
COUNCILLOR SABISA
OVERVIEW
• Mhlontlo Local Municipality (MLM) was identified as a
Comprehensive Rural Development Pilot (CRDP) Site in
2009 by the Eastern Cape Cabinet.
• Identification of MLM as a pilot site was based on high
levels of poverty.
• Ward 02 and 13 were identified for the piloting, with
two villages per ward.
• CRDP structures were established and they include:
Council of Stakeholders, Programme Steering
Committee and department clusters. The principal
structure is the Council of stakeholders.
IDENTIFICATION OF PROJECTS
• Council of stakeholders as the principal structure
identifies projects to be implemented.
• MLM plays a co-ordinating role of the
implementation of projects. Communities in
which projects are implemented remain central
as the beneficiaries.
• Programme steering committee is responsible for
the management of projects. Programme
steering committee is composed of all the
departmental officials participating in the
programme.
CHALLENGES
• Non-attendance of meetings by the departments.
• Budget allocation
• Poor communication between the municipality and
departments.
• Shortage of personnel dedicated to the programme.
• Expectations of the community are not met as a result
people are beginning to lose patience.
• Ward 02 and 13 are still not entirely covered with rural
development projects.
• Reduction of rural development to agricultural related
activities.
CO-ORDINATION AND ALIGNMENT
WITH IDP
• Rural development is one of the key
performance areas in the municipality and it
forms part of municipal IDP.
• The municipality has a Rural Development Coordinator, that is, a person who liaise between
the municipality and communities on a daily
basis about projects.
• Projects that are implemented are usually
extracted from the IDP.
REQUIRED INTERVENTIONS
• Dedicated officials to the rural development as a
section.
• Allocation of budget for the programme to run
smoothly.
• Improvement of communication and assertion of
the municipality as the centre of co-ordination.
• Ownership of the programme by provincial head
of departments.
• Need an assistance with a suitable funding model
to accelerate the programme.
RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

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