CoGTA to Establish Municipal Infrastructure Support Agency

Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA)

Newly appointed cooperative governance and traditional affairs (CoGTA) minister Richard Baloyi has announced the imminent establishment of a municipal infrastructure support agency (MISA).

Its purpose will be to “support service delivery and enhance capacity amongst municipalities”.

This is according to a media statement issued following the minister’s address to delegates at a consultative conference on accelerating the delivery of infrastructure and enhancing the capacity of municipalities.

In terms of chapter 6 of the Public Service Act, MISA will be located within the ministry.

The agency is expected to become operational during December 2011.

According to minister Baloyi, MISA will assist CoGTA by way of five programmes:

•    municipal infrastructure assessment and the diagnosis of challenges, with a view to finding solutions that are viable and sustainable;
•    the provision of municipal infrastructure capacity support;
•    the provision of municipal infrastructure implementation support;
•    sector-related capacity development, including internship for unemployed graduates within municipalities; and
•    effective monitoring and evaluation.

He told delegates that MISA would also:

•    fast-track service delivery in struggling municipalities, including 21 rural districts identified during the recent cabinet lekgotla; and
•    prioritise the “accelerated training” of municipal technical officials.

Sabinet Cape Town Office