Planact, this week, has trained community leaders in the Masakhane settlement, just outside Witbank, to better understand their how local government works.

The specific objective for this initiative is to empower marginalised communities in informal settlements, townships and rural areas to better engage with and hold local government to account for the improved utilisation of state resources & the provision of basic services.

A group of about twenty leaders were keen to find out more on the different structures within the Emalahleni Municipalities and the various roles that the five directorates play in basic service provision.

The National Development Plan (2011) makes it clear that “To meet its transformation agenda, South Africa requires functional municipalities and capable machinery at a local level that can create safe, healthy and economically sustainable areas where citizens and people can work, live and socialise.”

Planact, under the participatory governance seeks to support the capacity of marginalised communities to have a strong presence in local government planning and development processes.

Some of the community leaders in the Masakhane Community, just outside Witbank.
Some of the community leaders in the Masakhane Community, just outside Witbank.