Gauteng is a uniquely placed province; in size, it’s the smallest, but it’s the biggest when it comes to economic activity.
This juxtaposition requires astute leadership that is able to seamlessly adapt to the changing demands of the inhabitants of the province.
Migration into the province has been rampant, dating back to the days of migrant labourers, when gold mining was at its peak. However, it continues today as many South Africans leave their homes in order to settle into what is still perceived as the land of abundant opportunities and success.
This puts a strain on the province’s resources and hampers service delivery rates, to the detriment of its people.
Local municipalities work tirelessly under the guidance and leadership of the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) to ensure that the needs of the citizens are met. Given the autonomy of local municipalities, working towards a common provincial goal offers its fair share of challenges.
As the department espouses the Back to Basics principles, it illustrates its commitment as the engine that runs in all local municipalities.
But the case of Gauteng requires a more sophisticated collaborative effort, as the province is home to three metropolitan municipalities that each present their own set of challenges. Other provinces that are far larger and compete with Gauteng for economic dominance have only one metro.