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Cyril’s package to give Sol infrastructure boost

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Last week’s MinMec meeting took place against the backdrop of the recent announcement of the stimulus package to boost the economy

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo: Siyabulela Duda/GCIS

SERVICES in the Sol Plaatje Municipality, especially in informal settlements, together with the provision of water, electricity and roads, will be prioritised as part of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s stimulus package to boost the economy.

Announcing the stimulus package recently, Ramaphosa said that 57 priority pilot municipalities had been identified in order to unlock infrastructure spending in the short term.

As a first phase, nine municipalities out of the 57 have been prioritised, including Sol Plaatje Municipality, where the focus will be on informal settlements and the provision of water, electricity and roads.

Other municipalities that will form part of the first phase are Buffalo City Metro, Matjhabeng, City of Joburg Metro, Msunduzi, Thabazimbi, Govan Mbeki, Madibeng, and George.

This was announced by Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Zweli Mkhize at a media briefing, following a meeting he had with MECs in Pretoria last week.

The meeting, known as MinMec (Ministers and Members of Executive Councils), forms part of the minister’s regular interaction with MECs on a wide range of issues affecting local government.

Last week’s MinMec meeting took place against the backdrop of the recent announcement of the stimulus package to boost the economy.

Discussions at the meeting were aimed at ensuring that Cogta contributes to the measures to revive the economy by fixing municipalities.

In addressing challenges in municipalities, government aims to ensure development in the local sphere and enable government to boost economic growth and job creation.

In line with the stimulus package announced by the president, MinMec noted and supported the co-ordinated service delivery approach in the 57 identified pilot municipalities.