Progress Report on the Implementation of the Programmes as Outlined in
The State of the Nation Address – May 2004
EXPANDED PUBLIC Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT): The
WORKS PROGRAMME department has structured its EPWP strategy around the following
(EPWP) five focal points:
• Sustainable land based Livelihoods
• Working for the coast
• People and Parks
• Working for Tourism
• Working on Waste
DEAT targets investment of almost R470m to the 21 rural and
Urban nodes through funding projects that are in line with
municipalities’ IDP’s and Provincial Growth and Development
Strategies. This contribution will produce 67000 jobs and provide
more than 740 000 training days by way of learnerships and skills
enhancement programmes. Furthermore it will provide goods and
services involving SMME’s in the establishment of waste
management programmes, greening, rehabilitation of landscapes
and coastal facilities, establishment of community and historical
DEAT within its strategy for environmental improvement and
sustainable development, over the MTEF period 2004 to 2007 has
made provision for the following:
• Funding commitment for environmental and tourism
projects at 40% of the overall MTEF budget for Poverty
• R79 million has already been expended to support
environment and tourism initiatives in the rural and urban
Department of Labour: 750 learner contractors are being trained
for implementation of labour intensive construction projects. SETA-
FET effort –recruited 100 entrepreneur learnerships in 2004 linked
to EPWP. 1000 more will be recruited in 2005.
Department of Housing: Cabinet has approved a Housing Job
Creation Strategy; an Implementation Plan incorporating EPWP
Labour Intensive program is being finalised. Information obtained is
indicative that the nine Provincial Housing Departments are
developing mechanisms to implement labour intensive methods
over-and-above what has always been perceived as such.
In terms of the Human Settlement Redevelopment Programme, the
Department of Housing encourages Provinces to submit business
plans in support of projects that are located within the Urban and
Rural Development Nodes in line with the programme criteria. The
location of projects within the nodal areas is thus one of the criteria
taken into account during the evaluation and prioritisation of
A Social Sector Plan was introduced to all the provinces where
Departments of Social Development, Health and Education were
present. Provinces are in the process to draft provincial business
plans for implementation. Special focus areas are Home
Community Based Care (HCBC) and Early Childhood Development
KwaZulu-Natal Province: A Provincial Steering Committee has
been established headed by the Department of Transport. The
Minister of Public Works launched the EPWP at Ndwedwe (within
Durban Metro) on the 28th of August 2004.
A service provider has been contracted to prepare a provincial
EPWP support programme for municipalities. The elements of the
plan of action and timeframes are as follows:
• Identify key functional areas of EPWP in the 4 identified
• Identify and prioritise municipalities (according to pre-
determined KPI’s) in dire need of EPWP strategic
• Facilitate integrated development initiative partnerships
between Government, communities and private sector
The provincial MIG was launched in May 2004, followed by District
Municipality launches which were completed in September 2004.
These launches identified a need for the percentage of funding per
node to be ring-fenced for labour intensive programmes.
The provincial launch of the EPWP took place on 2 September
2004, whilst the launch in the URP Nodes was held in April 2004 in
Two projects went out on tender to kick-start the programme). A
number of learners were identified for the first learnership intakes.
Khayelitsha & Mitchell’s Plain Nodes
At the EPWP Provincial Launch held in Gugulethu, the MEC for
Transport and Public Works committed his department to rolling out
the EPWP to the Nodes as a matter of urgency.
Nodal tender specifications are emphasizing labour intensive
techniques as well as the use of local labour. The City Manager
has instructed all officials to implement EPWP principles in all
projects. Training workshops for officials on how to integrate EPWP
principles in project design and implementation are being
A provincial inter-departmental implementation action plan has
been developed. The programme was launched at Thabo
Mofutsanyana District on 28 September 2004.
Four EPWP Projects (agriculture / hydroponics, road construction,
rural housing and Tshwaranang waste management project i.e.
integrated management of landfills), informed by EPWP principles
of labour intensive methods, expanded job opportunities and skills
development, were launched. It is anticipated that ±1200 job
opportunities will be created
O R Tambo.
The programme was launched in this node. OR Tambo acquired 15
leanerships for contractors (45 persons) & R5 million-budget
allocation on infrastructure projects (partnership with CETA and
DPW). The Emfundisweni Skills Dev. Centre has R8 million-budget
allocation for skill development and job creation. The node also
applies Labour Intensive methods in Housing projects through on
site block making and construction
NODAL The Nodal Financing Protocol is at an advanced stage of
FINANCING PROTOCOL completion and will be the culmination of the following processes:
Cluster based assessment of current Departmental involvement
and support of the nodes, technically and financially.
Determination of the specific role that each Cluster/Department
should play relative to the ISRDP & URP nodes. Integrated cluster
strategies per Department, to technically and financially support the
nodes, which will ultimately form the backbone of and underpin in
the Financing Protocol for the nodes, a workshop was held with
Directors-General on Wednesday 20th October 2004 to determine
the contribution of departments.
During 2003 the Provincial Cabinet approved inter alia “the principle
of a dedicated provincial team drawn from provincial departments to
ensure the effective implementation of provincial commitments to
the ISRDP and URP; and that the Department of Local
Government, in conjunction with the Provincial Treasury, to
investigate the appropriate manner in which ISRDP and URP
information could be reflected in budget and strategic planning
The node is implementing a commitment register in which
departments commit and channel funding to the nodes.
COMMUNITY DEVT The Community Development Worker’s Programme (CDW’s)
WORKERS has been implemented in the following Provinces:
Province Number of
Northern Cap 9
Eastern Cape 180
Free State -
North\ West 48
Communication within the provincial administration: Mr. Allan
Roberts was appointed to oversee the provincial coordination of the
programme and the MEC has appointed a task team to develop a
policy framework for the roll out and implementation of the
KwaZulu Natal: A cabinet submission has been prepared and a
mandate for roll out with a proposed plan of action and timeframes
is being awaited
DEAT has provided Human resource support Assistant Directors
CDW’s (for environmental planning and sustainable development
facilitation), technical support through provision of tools i.e.
(environmental IDP tool-kit, nodal state of the environment report,
Municipal waste management capacity building support, tourism
growth plan in line with domestic tourism strategy, etc)
O R Tambo
Community development worker’s learnerships in place.
47 unemployed people were identified for this objective.
A functional interdepartmental provincial project steering committee
has been set up. Briefing sessions with municipalities have been
held. The CDW learner recruitment process has started and
applications from learners have been received. These applications
are currently being processed and interviews will be held soon.
Negotiations with service providers are at an advanced stage and a
decision will be reached soon on this critical issue.
Department of Social Development
The department has developed tender specifications for the
detailed audit of the DSD’s CDW.
ICT Partnerships have been established with the following stakeholders:
Department of Communications (DoC)
Universal Service Agency (USA)
South African Post Office (SAPO)
An assessment of the functionality of each satellite MPCC has been
initiated. GCIS and the Department of Communication will provide a
three-year phasing programme of providing one stop web portal
access to all government services. The Office of the Premier has
been assigned by Cabinet to ensure that there is equitable
geographical provision of functional MPCC’s in the Province.
Cyber Labs in the schools - Aim to provide access to Internet and
skills in the use of computers. Cyber Labs have been launched in
the following rural nodes:
Chris Hani 2
Alfred Nzo 3
OR Tambo 3
Public Internet Terminals (PITs) - provide access to internet,
information including local information and websites for the nodes.
Forty-five are already in nodal areas.
Chris Hani 8
Alfred Nzo 1
R Tambo 3
Central Karoo 1
Ugu 3, Umkhanyakude 2
Development of Websites for Nodal Points- Each node will have
a customised website and its contents will be translated to the
official languages spoken in those areas.
Community Radio Stations- the Department of Communication
(DoC) is providing funding to community radio stations for
producing and broadcasting development programmes. Radio
programmes on ISRDP/URP will be produced and broadcasted.
Youth Internship Programme- Siemens in partnership with
SALGA, DBSA and DPLG initiated a project to train the youth in
ICT related skills. To date forty youth have been placed at nodal
municipalities for internship. The salaries are paid by DBSA.
The E-gate way portal (single entry portal for government) is being
piloted in the MPCCs in Ukhahlamba, O R Tambo, Galeshewe,
Umkhakude and Maluti- a-Phofung.
Internet terminals have been installed in post offices throughout the
Central Karoo district. The Provincial Department of Education
through Khanya installed computer Labs at primary schools in
Laingsburg, Beaufort West and Prince Albert. Discussions with
DOC regarding installation of touch screens for IDP’s in all three
municipalities within the District are underway.
Business and Computer Centre, a partnership between the City,
Ensile and Microsoft has been opened in Khayelitsha. The initiative
links SMME’s with institutions such as BRAIN, KHULA and provides
access to tenders electronically.
Some schools in both Nodes have been assisted to establish fully-
fledged Computer Centres.
O R Tambo
The node has initiated the following:
-Rollout of District information Management System
- Rollout of GIS to Local Municipalities
- Functional website
SOCIAL COHESION Contact has been made with the CSIR to build capacity in the
Nodes in respect of Community Safety Planning.
The node has rolled out the local crime prevention strategy in
conjunction with the SAPS and the Provincial Department of
community of safety.
Both urban nodes have functional community safety clusters. Both
nodes have embarked on community capacity building initiatives.
The Department of Safety and Security is driving a provincial
strategy of lowering crime aimed at ensuring an environment of
normality, culture of tolerance, peace and safety. The expected
outcomes are entailed in the province’s PGDS
The Department of Housing is funding several projects through the
Human Settlement development Programme in support of the
priority area of social cohesion.
These include inter alia:
• Development of open spaces (parks) within residential
areas for recreational purposes;
• Upgrading of existing sports facilities;
• Repair of violence damaged houses
• Preplanning initiatives to address dysfunctional ties within
• Resolving of land ownership rights;
• Establishment of community gardens; and
• Establishment of small business facilities and e.g. a job
shop – to enable people to empower themselves socio
The following initiatives have been carried out
- District Taxi summit to stabilize taxi industry
- Development of partnerships with Northwest
Government and SAPS & Community policing forum
-Involvement in the moral regeneration strategy
Provinces have been requested to initiate family preservation
programmes within the identified nodal points in provinces and to
link up with existing programmes established in these areas.
Probation and assistant probation officers are involved in crime
prevention initiatives in all the nodes, often collaborating with other
criminal justice colleagues e.g. SAPS
The Department of Social Development places Probation Officers in
the courts to ensure immediate availability when arrested children
have to be assessed.
Probation officers are delivering services to children in conflict with
the law. There is a focus on the diversion of children away from
criminal justice system
Communities are sensitised to report crime and violence against
women and children.
The Free State Protocol on Management of Child Abuse was
drafted and distributed to stakeholders.
Chris Hani Municipality
Department of Social Development supports the Ezibeleni One
Stop Centre for Abused Women and Children and Ilitha Community
Psychological Services at Chris Hani District Municipality which
provide services for victim of crime and violence
There are two children’s homes and three decentralized homes for
children, which are also being utilised as places of safety in Thabo
Children awaiting trial benefit from involvement in a range of
diversion programmes, presented and available in all the nodes.
Different service providers offer these programmes e.g. Nicro, DSD
probation officers, Khulisa, to name a few. Approximately 3,000
children are diverted in all 9 provinces per month
LEARNER-SHIPS Department of Labour:
Target: 75,000 learnerships by July 2004 and 80,000 by March
Employment & Skills Dev. Agencies (ESDA’s): 21 Lead
Employer Agencies commenced training of 11,000 learners in Oct.
2004, mostly in small firms.
Two learnerships have just been completed with the Provincial
Department of Transport (60 learners). LED learnership started 13
October 2004. The CDW programme requires that in 2005, 150
learnerships be placed in all 30 municipalities with a focus on the
three Nodes (rural and urban) and Project Consolidate
municipalities, trained and mentored.
Bohlabela is in the process of selection of learnerships.
Three learners have been deployed to Zululand node and are
being trained by National Treasury.
Maluti-A-Phofung, will take four learners according to the youth
ICT programme project.
Partnership with Mining Qualifications Authority on ex mine
- LED learnerships are being rolled out be rolled out
- 14 learnerships will be included in the contractor
Development Programme – Road Construction
- 40 leanerships will be rolled out on sanitation provision
projects at the cost of R 500 000.00
- Primary health Care learnerships are also being rolled
The Department and the National Home Builders Registration
Council (NHBRC) have jointly implemented the Emerging
Contractor Support Programme. A CETA accredited skills
programme is offered to housing contractors across all provinces
using the NHBRC. A R10 Million budget allocation been approved
and thus far 123 contractors have completed training in Gauteng,
45 in KZN and 45 in the Western Cape. The programme is targeting
2700 contractors across the country during the next three years.
Two learnerships have been identified for implementation -
Information Technology National Certificate in Information
Technology Technical Support Level 4 on National Qualifications
Framework (NQF) and Financial Management for Non-Financial
Management has approved a proposal by the service provider on
implementing Information Technology Learnerships targeting the
unemployed youth. Funding has been obtained from Information
Systems, Electronic and Telecommunication Technologies (ISSET)
Sector Education and Training Authority. The first intake of 20
learners started in November 2004
WATER & SANITATION FREE STATE
R132million water projects to be implemented during 2004/05 and
05/06. R177 million sewerage projects to be implemented during
2004/05 and 2005/06. Projects were identified in terms of municipal
integrated development plans (IDPs). 2004/2005 projects are 32 %
Five facilitators in the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) office
were appointed and deployed in the districts to monitor these
projects in October 2004.
R30.4 million was made available as DWAF funding for the 2004/05
financial year to eradicate 12 100 buckets. R13.4million of the
newly allocated MIG funds were earmarked by local municipalities
in terms of IDPs to implement waterborne sewer at 4500 erven in
the 2004/05 financial year
The National Department of Housing is funding several projects
through the Human Settlement Redevelopment Programme in
support of the provision of water and sanitation facilities. These
include inter alia: Compilation of storm-water management plans
and funding the infrastructure necessary to deal with storm-water
problems endangering people’s lives and their assets. Installation of
appropriate sanitation facilities that will allow residents to link up to
existing sanitation reticulation networks.
Provincial Government: The Office of the Premier (KwaZulu
Natal) has directed the Department of Local Government to prepare
a consolidated report categorizing municipalities according to the
nature of their challenges regarding energy, sanitation and water.
The report will show the backlog per municipality, financial
implications, prioritisation and targeted timelines. A Project
Consolidate report has been used as a point of departure and will
be used by the Premier in the PCC and MEC for Local Government
in the MINMEC. KwaZulu Natal MIG allocations and beneficiary
municipalities are going to be included in the subsequent reports.
All rural nodes are addressing this through various water and
sanitation projects. The projects include construction of dams for
household water and construction of irrigation schemes. These
projects tend to create other spin-offs like temporary jobs and skills
development, which are addressed through the Expanded Public
Alfred Nzo, water and sanitation projects aims at addressing
access to water and sanitation and have been implemented. Forty
percent of households have access to water. 73.7% households
have access to sanitation. 23.6 % of households have full access to
electricity. Meters will be installed where there were no meters to
measure consumption patterns and issue bills.
The percentages of households that have access to water is 61.2%,
full access to sanitation 52.2% and full access to electricity 50.9%.
R1 508 987.00 has been spent at Inkwanca to remove the bucket
system. 10 320 households have received free basic water and 46
175 are receiving free basic electricity. Meters are to be installed
where there are no meters to measure consumption and issue bills.
Alternative free basic services are provided to the poor who cannot
access free basic services due to a lack of infrastructure.
O R TAMBO
Twenty-eight households have full access to electricity and 46 175
have access to free basic electricity. 47.1% have access to
sanitation; the provision of water and sanitation is being addressed
through the anchor projects. Some of the local municipalities have
decided not to provide free basic services due to lack of capacity,
insufficient funds, infrastructure and staff to implement. In order to
address the above challenges the node is implementing the
- Eradication of bucket system
- Provided 15000 VIP’s in 2004
- Provided portable water in 2004 through drought relief
programme, spring protection, tank stands and project
43.7% of households have access to electricity and 57.7% have full
access to water. 49.5 have full access to sanitation. In addition
27.7m has been allocated by DWAF for water services projects for
2003/4 financial year.
Free Basic Services: 22 000 households received free water and 37
521 receive free electricity. Alternative free basic services have
been recommended until proper infrastructure has been put in
57.5% households receive basic access to electricity. It must
however be noted that most areas still lack access to electricity
infrastructure.92.9% of households have access to water. 94.4%
have full access to sanitation. Significant progress has been made
in the implementation of free basic services in general. The
Fikapatso Purification Dam project is aimed at providing clean and
adequate water. There are also 20 projects aimed at the provision
of electricity supply and connections that are to provide access to
75.7% of households have access to electricity. 76.5% of
households have access to water. And 75.3% of households have
access to sanitation.
Inyaka Dam Project has been completed, the project aims to
improve access to portable water and to provide water for
Agricultural purposes. Projects include the construction, purification
and bulk supply to Dwarsloop and the Zoeknog Dam rehabilitation
project aimed at providing water for irrigation in Casteel.
Bushbuckridge is rolling out both free basic electricity and free
basic water. The challenge is to measure the supply to all areas
because of poor metering infrastructure.
Maruleng Local Municipality has not yet started to rollout free basic
electricity as they are still working on their data. Maruleng is
providing free basic water to the households with meters and an
assessment is being carried out in other rural areas.
6.6% of the households that have full access to water, and others
are using natural resources such as rivers and rainwater.
57.1% have full access to sanitation 26.3% of households have full
access to electricity. All households are receiving free basic water.
There are water projects to provide portable water to communities
at uMsinga and to establish water works, reservoirs, bulk pipelines
and communal stand pipes.
50.8%of households have access to water. 81.9% of households
have full access to sanitation. 50.2% of the households have full
access to electricity.
There are 6 water and sanitation projects aimed at aimed at
addressing backlogs in sanitation. The challenge is to extend that
infrastructure to those areas that are without it.
Verification of data by the municipality is time consuming resulting
in delays of the implementation of FBS.
60.3% of the households have full access to sanitation. 39.2%
households have access to electricity. 51.5% have access to water.
6 water projects are aimed at the provision of portable Water
44% of households have access to water and 73.7% of households
have access to sanitation. 21.9% of households have access to
electricity. More than 60 water scheme projects have been
completed. A number of boreholes have been developed and serve
as the main source of water for at least 18 501 households. The
Water Services Development Plan of the node has estimated the
total costs for water projects to be R 388, 9 Million 2004/2005 –
2014/2015 and the total Sanitation costs at R 116, 8 Million
2004/2005 – 2014/2015.
The District Municipality still has a backlog in basic service delivery
such as access to water and sanitation, refuse removal and access
The community has access to clean and portable water.
89.9% of households have full access to sanitation. 86.3% of
households have full access to electricity. The provision of water
and sanitation is already being addressed through the anchor
projects. The infrastructure development projects broadly
contribute to addressing poverty alleviation and basic services (bulk
water supply, sanitation, electricity).
Basic sanitation needs: 439 households or 1 810 people.
Investment for basic services infrastructure since 2001 to March
2004: R13 972 028.00 (water – R9 794 291.00 and sanitation – R4
The fountain water-bottling project will add value through local
spring water bottling and create job opportunities.
Challenge: infrastructure backlogs in rural areas. Some
municipalities have decided not to provide free basic services due
to lack of capacity, insufficient funds and infrastructure.
Recently, the Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain informal
settlements have been provided with some rudimentary services.
There is still a lot to be done in providing basic services especially
to informal settlements.
Basic water needs: 180 382 households (Khayelitsha – 85 624 and
Mitchell’s Plain – 94 758).
Basic sanitation needs: 180 382 households (Khayelitsha – 85 624
and Mitchell’s Plain – 94 758).
Estimated cost to address the basic needs (Khayelitsha – R162 618
840.00 and Mitchell’s Plain – R113 014 560.00): R275 633 400.00.
58.5% of the households have full access to electricity and 82.4%
of households have access to water. 78.9% of households have full
access to sanitation.
Water projects: The node is implementing projects that are aimed at
providing access to clean portable water and addressing the
challenge of the low percentage of people serviced with portable
water. The node is also implementing sewerage and sanitation
To address the challenge of access to electricity the node is
implementing an integrated energy centre project that is aimed at
providing electricity to households.
58.2% of households have access to water. 82.4% of households
have access to sanitation.63.6% of households have full access to
219 water projects aimed at address backlogs in the provision of
water for socio-economic development and sanitation including the
drought Relief Programme
This sub-programme has 89 projects providing Electricity including
(Free Basic & Conventional Electricity) to the local municipalities
within Greater Sekhukhune District Municipality.
8057 households have water below RDP standards, and 7578
households have sanitation below RDP standards – addressing
these backlogs will cost R63.341m as estimated by DWAF.
A costed 7yr business plan is in place, but sector departments are
not committing themselves to funding this business plan.
This municipality is providing both FBW and FBE.
Ethekwini: most of houses are not electrified (Inanda, Ntuzuma
and KwaMashu). Total number of households in Ethekwini is 823
The implementation of FBS is 100% (in those areas that are having
water pipes). The challenge facing the municipality is to extend the
water pipes and electrify the nodal areas where there is no
infrastructure, which is necessary for the implementation of FBS in
EThewini Municipality is implementing a free basic water policy,
which allows each household usage of 200 litres per day for free.
Galeshewe, 3 570 households with water backlogs, and 3 877
households with sanitation backlogs. There are 1 600 households
that require electricity.
All households have access to free basic water. And only 9 067
have access to free basic electricity.
Mdantsane: 5 452 households have access to water below RDP
standards and will require R27.478m to address this challenge. 8
075 have access to sanitation below RDP standards and will
require R24.255m to address this challenge. Postdam Unit P bulk
water supply is 20% complete.
Motherwell: 8 837 households have access to sanitation below the
RDP standards and 5 879 have access to water below the RDP
standards. The water backlogs will require R29.6m to be addressed
and the sanitation backlogs will require R26.5m to be addressed.
Water tanks have been provided for the farmers; water is delivered
twice a week.
Electrification of 11 000 erven in Ikamvelihle has been completed
and , 4 400 sites in Steve Tshwete have been funded.
YOUTH & GENDER Department of Housing:
WOMEN: To improve access of women contractors to housing
projects, the Department of Housing has ring-fenced 10% of each
provincial housing department’s allocations to projects undertaken
by female developers/contractors.
YOUTH: An initiative by the Department to assist construction
students at the tertiary institutions has been initiated, a Housing
Scholarship for students pursuing construction related fields started
with a batch of 20 students in 2003, 10 of which are supported by
the Construction SETA.
Department of Labour: 4780 learners registered for programmes
at 35 FET colleges across 15 SETA’s. R28million grant from
Umsobomvu for programme development and learnership delivery
in agriculture, engineering, mining & manufacturing has been made
Equity targets are observed in H.R. procurement & skills
development for all programmes.
All the nodes have started targeting the youth and the women in the
projects that they are implementing.
Building human capital with the emphasis on youth is one of the
eight key development priorities, which have been identified for the
Province and approved by the Cabinet. In the Western Cape
unemployment has a very strong youth dimension with the youth
making up 82% of all unemployment.
The provincial Department of Education will implement a Human
Resource Strategy with an emphasis of preparing the youth for
employment. The strategy will emphasise the acquisition of
opportunities through technical and vocational education,
entrepreneurship, learnerships, apprenticeships and internships.
Through the implementation of the priority projects municipalities
made a deliberate effort to employ youth and women, however the
node’s efforts and targets have to be aligned to the goals of the
Provincial Growth and Development Strategy.
Community capacity building initiatives in both nodes have a strong
emphasis on women and youth. A youth skills development
programme has been completed in Mitchell’s Plain. Khayelitsha
has just completed a youth development strategy.
Kgalagadi has a local economic development project – live stock
improvement project, which is run and benefits 21 women.
Alfred Nzo has launched a local economic development furniture
project, which is run and benefits women and youth, and has a
toilet paper making project, which is mainly run by women.
Zululand and Kgalagadi have child care/early childhood
The learnership are designed to benefit the Youth
O R Tambo
- A mainstreaming conference was held 2003 and a draft
policy on gender mainstreaming
- Partnership programme has been initiated with SAPS and
Department of Justice and Constitutional Development on
gender based violence
- Women are leading the Arts & craft centre in Port St Johns
- Above 50% funding has been allocated to women LED
INDIGENT POLICY Free State: 15 (out of 20 local municipalities in the province are
implementing indigent policies
The infrastructure provision for basic water, electricity and refuse
removal to indigent households by municipalities in the Western
Cape is already above 80%. The accepted level of basic sanitation
is a VIP system per household. However, in some areas in the
Western Cape, i.e. Cape Flats, the water table is too high for VIP
Secondly some rural communities are living in water poor areas
that negatively impacts on water borne sewerage systems,
therefore expensive alternative systems must be provided.
To a large extent the cost of provision for infrastructure and the
maintenance of the infrastructure to ensure the adequate provision
of basic services to the indigent is a major challenge to
municipalities in the Western Cape.
Compared with provincial and national averages nodal municipalities have
done well with regard to the implementation of their indigent policies,
however there are still backlogs to be met.
Households in both urban nodes have access to free basic services.
In terms of the housing policy, indigent persons are exempted from
making the mandatory capital/labour contribution towards their
housing. Indigent people are subsidy beneficiaries classified as:
b) Disabled; or
c) Health stricken.
The household income of indigent persons may not, in order to
qualify for the benefit, exceed R800, 00 per month. However, steps
are been taken to expand the scope of people classified as
indigent, thereby increasing the number of subsidy beneficiaries.
CIVIL SOCIETY GOVT A process is underway to institutionalise civil society and
RELATIONS government relations. The Nodes will be prioritised in this exercise.
In the Western Cape urban nodes institutional arrangements
(Nodal Steering Committees, Multi-Stakeholders) aimed at ensuring
inclusive governance have been established. Strong and vibrant
civil society structures within communities have been established.
In all the nodes civil society is engaged through the IDP forum,
Imbizo and mayoral Imbizo. The nodes have initiated
communication campaigns that are aimed at informing communities
abut government services and opportunities.
WARD COMMITTEES A National study has been commissioned to ascertain the
functionality of Ward Committees. The 21 Nodal municipalities will
be prioritised in the implementation of the recommendations of the
KwaZulu Natal: Implementation of ward committees in the
province is inconsistent with the municipality boundaries. A number
of municipalities did not implement the programme and some ward
committees were not established because of the position taken by
traditional authorities not to participate in the municipalities. The
training programme has been developed and the training manual is
being workshoped with municipalities.
Out of the 330 Ward Committees in the Province, 7 are in the
Central Karoo Node and 20 in the Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain
Nodes. Both Nodes are in the process of establishing their Ward
Committees. There are no wards in Prince Albert, Laingsburg and
the DMA area of Murraysburg. There are 12 wards in Khayelitsha
and 8 wards in Mitchell’s Plain.
Free State The focus area not yet implemented. However, the
sporadic civic protest within the node warrants that resources are
leveraged to support an effective ward committee system in the
O R Tambo
Ward committees are functional and the infrastructure for ward