MEC for local government and traditional affairs Mlibo Qoboshiyane has urged the province’s local municipalities to eradicate service delivery backlogs such as bucket toilets and lack of water provision.
Qoboshiyane was speaking in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday night during the annual Vuna Awards ceremony.
The awards were budgeted at a cost of close to R1.2m and only 15 of the province’s 45 municipalities competed.
The troubled Senqu local municipality, based in Lady Grey – which incorporates Barkly East and the volatile area of Sterkspruit – walked away with five prizes out of the 20 categories up for grabs.
Senqu pocketed an amount of R325000 in prize money. However, the municipality has been a subject of complaints from the Sterkspruit Civic Association which has accused it of corruption and a lack of service delivery.
It won accolades for excellent performance in service delivery, financial management, good governance, public participation and maintenance of an unqualified audit for five years.
The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, the first metropolitan municipality in the Eastern Cape, and based in the economic hub of Port Elizabeth, received R80000 for being the best municipality in revenue collection.
The Cacadu district municipality received kudos from Qoboshiyane after it scooped the R100000 prize money for continuous maintenance of an unqualified audit outcome for seven consecutive years.
Cacadu executive mayor Eunice Kekana received R45000 for being the best mayor in the Eastern Cape for the 2012-13 financial year.
Qoboshiyane said: “By the same token, each municipality must use the remaining months of their current financial year to eradicate any service delivery backlogs, especially bucket toilets and water provision.”