Department extends assistance to traditional leadership
17 May 2012
“Traditional leaders are not only an integral part of the system of local government, but are also a vital element in the social, political and cultural establishment of communities. Our understanding is that the institution of traditional leadership and the institutions of the modern government are located along the line where the traditional world meets the modern-state administration”, said North West MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs China Dodovu.
He said that in the province, traditional leaders continue to play a tremendous role in conflict resolutions pertaining to land and mineral resources, chieftaincy, succession, criminal and civil cases as well as adding meaningful inputs in the administration of the local government system.
“Therefore, the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders continues to carry out an advisory in government. A significant part of good governance and democratic participation lies in the overlooked relationship between government and traditional authority and opportunities these provide for bringing development to the lives of our people, especially in rural areas”, he said.
MEC Dodovu mentioned that the department’s commitment to servicing institutions of traditional leadership is not only limited to physical resources. “We continue to allocate subsidised salaries to employees of traditional councils as well as giving a once-off advance to these offices annually."
Meanwhile, the department has allocated thirty-five (35) vehicles to traditional councils and 11 traditional council offices built in Taung, Makgobistad, Khunwana, Lebotlwane, Ramokokastad, Mabaalstad, Tlokweng, Mabeskraal, Maboloka, Ga-Motlatla and Pitsedisulejang
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Issued by: North West Local Government and Traditional Affairs
17 May 2012
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