07 MAY 2018
Mbabane – The Municipal Council of Mbabane has received top marks during the performance appraisal of The Swaziland Local Government Project (SLGP).
The municipality received a 96 percent performance rating during the last year’s appraisal which was carried out by an independent consultant. The Municipal Council of Mbabane (MCM) has been implementing the Swaziland Local Government for the past 5 years together with other municipalities in the Kingdom.
The SLGP project aimed to help municipalities improve service delivery, enhance governance at local level, develop fiscal framework that will allow for resource transfer to local governments and generally improve their performance in their service delivery mandate.
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development has adopted the SLGP framework as a performance monitoring tool for Urban Local Governments and capital grant transfer mechanism for ULG. Therefore, the performance assessment within the SLGP is as relevant as ever and each municipality is expected to undergo it every year.
The performance assessment measures have four components namely; Financial Stability and Good Governance, Administrative Efficiency, Project Execution and Service Delivery, Compliance with Procurement Procedures and Compliance with Safeguard Requirement; and Participation, Transparency and Accountability. In all these criteria, the MCM performed exceptionally well for the 2017/2018 financial year and deemed eligible to receive capital funding from Government. The table below provides the results of the assessment and determination of eligibility for funding for the next year.
|YEAR||MANDATORY MINIMUM CONDITIONS MET||MUNICIPAL COUNCIL OF MBABANE SCORE||MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY SCORE FOR NEXT YEAR’S FUNDING||ELIGIBILITY FOR FUNDING NEXT YEAR|
MAYOR CALLS FOR UNITY, RESPECT OF OFFICE
Mbabane – Council held its elections this week and a new mayor was elected.
Ward 1 Councillor Zephaniah Nkambule was elected into the position of Mayor and Ward 12 Councillor Simangaliso Gama became Deputy Mayor of the Capital City. Nkambule has previously held the position of mayor in 2009 and 2011. In his first address as mayor in the past week, Nkambule called first the councilors and thanked the councilors for having bestowed their trust on him and he further called for unity within the team of councilors, management and staff.
The mayor pointed out that councilors represent the people of Mbabane and as such the councilors have to keep it in mind that theirs is a duty that they have to carry out with honesty and a clear conscience.
‘’ We have to know and appreciate fully that we are councilors and we represent the interests of the people of Mbabane and that is a huge responsibility that requires honesty and seriousness in the manner we execute the duty entrusted upon us. I do trust that we will pull our weight and most importantly work as a team as we represent our communities and also have utmost trust in the management team of the municipal council that we will work together to deliver what the people need,” said Nkambule.
Also elected on the day of the include the Finance Committee and Councillor Sikhatsi Dlamini was elected into the chairmanship position while Sabelo Magagula will be the Deputy. The two members of the committee are Ward 3 Councillor Mbutfo Nhlengetfwa and Ward 9 Councillor Thulani Dlamini.
|Deputy Mayor||Simangaliso Gama|
|Finance Chairperson||Sikhatsi Dlamini|
|Deputy Finance Chairperson||Sabelo Magagula|