The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) invited cabinet ministers, academics and experts in the field of local government, to a virtual workshop on cooperative governance and intergovernmental relations. The theme of the two-day event was Taking a Lead in Advancing Co-operative Governance and Intergovernmental Relations.
Delivering the opening remarks and welcoming guests to the virtual workshop, the Chairperson of NCOP, Mr Amos Masondo, spoke on the role of the NCOP in advancing co-operative governance and intergovernmental relations. He referred to the Constitution, which states that the NCOP represents the provinces to ensure that provincial interests are considered in the national sphere of government, and that it does this primarily by participating in the national legislative process and providing a national forum for public consideration of issues affecting the provinces.
Dr Dlamini-Zuma added that the decay of municipalities and governance in some of the provinces and municipalities has built up over the years, if not decades. Even though some municipalities may receive more favourable audit outcomes, the internal workings favour some with consequence management not applied or with some workers victimised for either being diligent or blowing the whistle.
“Recent research by the Public Services Commission and the Human Sciences Research Council comes to the startling conclusion that the public service is not bloated, but that there is a lack of full utilisation of the human resource capacity within the public services due to the misalignment of skills, long suspensions and victimisation,” she said.
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