PIETERMARITZBURG - KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development,Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala has apologised to the Pietermaritzburg business community over the decline of governance and service delivery in Msunduzi Municipality over the past months, and said this was the reason that provincial government had decided to place the municipality under administration last week.
"It is correct that on behalf of the ANC (African National Congress) I should apologise to all of you, especially the business community and the community of Pietermaritzburg. We should apologise and commit ourselves to rectify this," said the MEC in reference to the decline in governance in the KZN capital.
His apology to local businesses, which included the Msunduzi Economic Development Agency (Meda) and the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (PCB), on Monday came just days after Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube held an imbizo in Caluza to explain to residents why the city was placed under administration.
Zikalala told the audience of small and big business people that the ANC-led government had observed that for a while Msunduzi Council has been dysfunctional and there was failure to hold councillors accountable and this in turn had affected service delivery in many parts of the city.
"There has been unacceptable, ongoing failure, of Council to resolve service delivery issues like waste management, roads and street maintenance, as well as electricity services," said Zikalala.