On Thursday 13 November 2014 a team of officials from the eThekwini Municipality left Durban at 06h00 to drive down to the Greater Kokstad Municipality. They were going to facilitate a two day workshop for officials from the Greater Kokstad Municipality on Energy Efficiency in Development Management.

This is part of MILE’s Municipal Technical Support programme to assist less capacitated municipalities. On the 1 September 2014 officials from the Greater Kokstad Municipality who attended the MILE Master Class on Energy Efficiency in Development Management requested technical support from MILE.

Experts in field of development management formed part of the MILE team deployed to assist the officials from the Greater Kokstad Municipality. The two day workshop covered the following four areas:

  1. Monitoring and Compliance of Legislation - SLA/ Agreements with Electricity and Water Departments, Joint Operations (Multi- Disciplinary Task Team with various Enforcement Agencies), Rates Penalty
  2. Enforcement and Prosecution - Introduction and Completion of Documentation, Peace Officer’s Training and Accreditation, Issuing of Section 56 (Admission of Guilt) and Section 54 (No Admission of Guilt), Magistrate and High Court Matters
  3. Revenue management - Schedule of Fines from Magistrate, SLA with the Judiciary, Rates Penalty
  4. Departmental Linkages and Filing - Pre-Approval Process Linkages, Pre Certificate of Occupancy Linkages, Filing of Hard Copies and Microfilm/Digital

Greater Kokstad Municipality have requested that the MILE team return in the first half of 2015 to further assist them with issues pertaining to enforcement and prosecutions, issuing of fines, court procedures.