Laws changing to boost service delivery


The President’s Coordinating Council (PCC) has identified 350 provisions in existing laws that are slowing down service delivery, the Presidency said on Friday. In a statement issued after a meeting of the PCC in Pretoria, it said that provincial and national departments had submitted laws that “in their points of view hampered service delivery”.

This had resulted in “350 provisions in existing laws and 30 pieces of legislation being identified for contributing to slow service delivery”. The PCC – which brings together premiers, mayors and ministers – had agreed in May this year that such laws be reviewed, and an interdepartmental legislative review committee established.

Among the laws that would be amended “immediately” were the Disaster Management Act and the Municipal Finance Management Act. “Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs [Sicelo Shiceka] has flagged the review of the Land Use Management Act, the Prevention of Illegal Evictions and Unlawful Occupation Act, and the Housing Act as critical to improving service delivery,” it said. Other laws requiring attention were the Public Finance Management Act, the Municipal Systems Act, the Municipal Property Rates Act, as well as the National Environment Management Act, to name a few.

Work had also been done on establishing a bulk infrastructure fund, to address backlogs in areas, such as waste and waste water treatment works. “The department of human settlements has requested over R26 billion for the next three years to finance this fund so that it can be used to address the backlog,” it said.