AUSTRALIA SOUTH AFRICA PARTNERSHIP
The Australia South Africa Local Governance Partnership(ASALGP) ofﬁcially comes to an end in March 2012,although many of the relationships it has spawned areexpected to continue. ASALGP supports the developmentof South African local government through a practicalpartnership; building skills, ability and knowledge of peoplein local and provincial government to help provide servicesto people living in poverty.One of the key objectives of the ASALGP was thecreation of long-term relationships between South Africanand Australian municipalities. The partnership programmesaw the linking of municipalities in South Africa andAustralia over time with the goal of sharing knowledge andexperience in speciﬁc areas where both municipalities hadan interest.These included ﬁnancial management, performancemanagement, service delivery and intergovernmentalrelations. Below are some of the 14 partnership programmeactivities that were begun:
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION TECHNIQUESMatjhabeng Local Municipality
Three people from Matjhabeng Local Municipality travelledto Australia and were hosted by Brisbane City Council toﬁnd out more about public participation techniques usedthere. As a direct result of the study tour, Matjhabengintends to launch a new approach to gender equity inpublic participation, especially through ward committees.Brisbane is also examining a system similar to wardcommittees for Brisbane City as a result of the visit of theSouth Africans.
MICRO ENTERPRISES THAT PROVIDE SERVICEUmkhanyakude District Municipality
The partnership between Umkhanyakude District Muni-cipality and Wanneroo in western Australia was aboutcreating a relationship to share knowledge and expertise onlocal economic development for the creation of jobs.Much learning has been achieved through this relationshipfor the municipal staff and women’s businesses about microenterprise (ME) support and the contribution that MEs canmake in terms of local economic development and poverty reduction. It is hoped that the relationships created as aresult of this project will provide opportunities for peopleto share their successes and achievements and learn moreabout other local government initiatives, and that this inturn will enable them to better fulﬁll their mandate of providing quality services to their communities.
ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR WINEMAKERSLetsameng Municipality
The partnership between Barossa in South Australia andLetsameng Municipality in the Free State enabled theexchange of information, knowledge and people in relationto the role of winemaking in developing tourism. AndrewCameron and Kevin Hoskin of the Barossa area of SouthAustralia near Adelaide also successfully completed theirreturn leg to South Africa. These two passed on informationabout local economic development opportunities in schoolsregarding winemaking, as well as lots of helpful informationabout how municipalities work in Australia. Barossa andLetsameng have since signed a formal memorandum of understanding between them about their work togetherover the years. (
IMPROVED WATER SUPPLIESJoe Gqabi District Municipality
Water supply projects are top of the agenda for most Eastern Cape municipalities. These have visibly taken action toincrease access to clean water within their communities. Many areas within this region are very rural and access toinfrastructure is very low. In the past, people within these communities have been left with no other option but to sourcetheir water from high risk sources such as dams, rivers and boreholes.Owing to the support from the Municipal Infrastructure Grants (MIG) fund and commitment from local leaders,projects have been implemented to improve water supplies.One example of such a project is that executed by Joe Gqabi District Municipality, namely The Mt Fletcher Bulk Water Supply Scheme. The total cost of this project was just under R81 million. Not only has this scheme increasedaccess to a clean water supply for the communities of Mt Fletcher and its 19 surrounding villages, but it has alsoenhanced economic growth in the area through the creation of 182 job opportunities. (
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