Researcher skeptical of govt's District Development Model

The government's 'District Development Model’, provides the framework required for municipalities to tackle their acute service-delivery problems, under the plan, COGTA, Treasury, and other agencies will work through ‘district hubs’ to ensure municipalities have skills and services that are in short supply. Researcher Dr. Tracy Ledger unpacks this with eNCA's Dan Moyane. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The government plans to use the District Development Model to address its infrastructure crisis.

But researcher Tracy Ledger is skeptical that this model will address underlying issues in local government.

The model aims to centralise a lot of functions through district hubs.

But Ledger says it's more of a solution looking for a problem, than the other way round.

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“The district development model is kind of a solution looking for a problem," she said.

"It is based on the assumption that one of the main reasons why we have poor service delivery, why we infrastructure problem.

"One of the key assumptions in the DDDM is that if we have better coordination between national, provincial and local government, we can in fact have better planning, better implementation and better management.

"There is no doubt in my mind that better coordination will have some impact but it is not addressing underlying issues of what is going on the local government. I’m skeptical that the DDM even if it is implemented and envisioned is going to be a magic silver bullet for what is going wrong.”


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