The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) welcomes the appointment of Dr Dlamini-Zuma to the position of the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

“We were pleased to note the appointment of Dr Dlamini-Zuma to the position of Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa last night. Dr Dlamini-Zuma brings with her a wealth of knowledge, experience and leadership that she has garnered in her various roles as a medical doctor, Minister of Health, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Home Affairs, Chair of the African Union Commission and most recently Minister in The Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. We are hopeful that these skills combined with a commitment to public service will be translated into effective and sustainable service delivery in the local government sector,” commented IMATU General Secretary, Johan Koen.

IMATU believes that with effective leadership, correctly channelled resources, the up-skilling of workers and the rooting out of corruption, local government can offer a sustainable service delivery model that will assist in the efficient collaboration between the local, provincial and national tiers of Government.

“IMATU remains committed to working towards achieving an efficient and sustainable service delivery model at the local government level however, the commitment of our members on the ground must be matched by decisive implementation and political will at the top. We look forward to working together with the new Minister and her team to achieve the goals set out in the National Development Plan and more specifically assist in promoting service delivery across all municipalities and local government entities,” concluded Koen.