District Municipality: Sedibeng District Municipality
Local Municipality: Emfuleni
Towns incorporated: Evaton, Sebokeng, Vaal Oewer, Vanderbijlpark, Vereeniging.
Why the OUTA Branch?
The community of Emfuleni approached OUTA to assist in the eradication of corruption and maladministration. After investigation, it became clear that various issues revolve around the lack of accountability within the local municipality. Due to the status quo, it was decided to establish an OUTA Branch to enable residents to have an organised platform, free from politics, to hold those who govern the Emfuleni Local Municipality to account and to ensure public funds are being spent efficiently, cost-effectively and economically.
How we work?
OUTA Local provides the local community with a well-established and organised support system including research, investigations, litigation, communications, empowerment and a financial platform.
The committee will represent the interests of residents within the jurisdiction of the Local municipality which will be guided and empowered by the Regional Management team and OUTA’s national offices.
This endeavour is completely dependent on the sustainable crowd funding method whereby residents within the Municipality fund the initiatives of the OUTA local branch.
Why we need YOU!!!
The only way a local initiative like this can succeed is through residents taking ownership of their problems by enabling the sustainability of their local branch through a recurring monthly contribution.
If you believe in the OUTA vision and mission you and your business can get involved through becoming supporters of the OUTA local initiative. It is important to ensure that you join the branch established within your local municipality.
The community, including local businesses, are the “shareholders” of the municipality and have every right to know where the money, be it MIG funding, equitable share, other grants and income from rates and taxes, is being spent. Transparency must be fostered by providing the public with timely, accessible and accurate information.
The Municipal Calendar indicating timelines for finalization of the Budget, SDBIP, Annual Financial Statements, Annual Report, In-Year reporting, Adjustment Budget and the IDP, must be circulated and made known to the public. It is convenient for Municipalities to keep information away from the tax and rate payers, this way few questions will be asked.
The point of departure would be the IDP, the IDP should be a bankable business, outlining the annual development of the Municipality and key performance indicators.