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Cultivating Good Governance in the eThekwini Municipality

Good governance is significant for numerous reasons. It not only gives the local community confidence in its council, but enhances the confidence that elected members and officials have in their own local government and its decision-making processes. It also leads to improved decisions, helps local government meet its legislative responsibilities and most importantly provides an ethical basis for governance.

eThekwini Municipality recently hosted a seminar as part of a series of seminars which aims to encourage conversation about good governance amongst pertinent stakeholders. The series also looks at new tools and approaches around supporting good governance, sharing best practices and implementable resolutions in ensuring clean administration and good governance in service delivery.

eThekwini City Manager Sbu Sithole in his opening address mentioned the need for upholding the principles of good governance. He hoped that through the seminar the tone was set for a new way of doing business, and that the powerful and dynamic speakers would inspire all participants to build on the new foundation.

The Honourable Councillor James Nxumalo in his Mayoral address welcomed all participants to the seminar noting the timing of the learning event which coincided with the call from the President to heed corporate governance and improve service delivery.
Dr. Claudelle von Eck, CEO, Institute of Internal Auditors South Africa began her presentation by complimenting the leadership team for introducing an important conversation and urged that the seminar series continues. In focussing on leadership in the 21st century she contextualised her talk to include the broader African continent and challenged us to think about what our role is on the continent as the “bigger brother in the south”. The decisions that are made in Africa she suggested will have a major impact on the globe. Dr von Eck identified the five “C’s” – capability, competency, competence, confidence and credibility each leading onto the next. To take this quantum leap required strategic objectives that are measurable, and risk being effectively managed and reporting to citizens embedded into the system.
Advocate Ansie Ramalho Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Directors in Southern Africa  mentioned overarching principles such as esponsibility, accountability, fairness, transparency, discipline, independence and sustainability – all of which hinge on the first principle of responsibility. For effective governance, she argued that we needed to deal with the challenge of understanding what the distinctive roles of role players are, and ensuring that an effective independent oversight is played, and that there are synergies between the governance structures.  The Audit Committee, she suggested was well positioned to play the role of connector between the various structures.
Participants were urged to build on the platform and have more strategic sessions like this, and really work quickly to deliver on our outcomes given the enormous backlogs we face.
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Keywords: Good Governance

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