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

“We are very pleased that President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Dr Zweli Mkhize to the position of Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. Minister Mkhize brings with him a wealth of knowledge, experience and leadership that he has accumulated in his various roles as a medical doctor, chairperson, MEC, Provincial Premier, university chancellor and most recently the Treasurer General of the African National Congress (ANC). 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. IMATU is also pleased to note that Andries Nel has retained his position as the Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, responsible for provincial and local government. We believe his institutional knowledge of this Ministry, coupled with his previous experience in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Development will assist in achieving social transformation through a sustainable local government,” 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 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 his 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.