The Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation (SACR) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM) which is aimed at heightening the impact and development of sports, heritage, arts and culture in Ekurhuleni.
The two spheres of government entered into an agreement on Friday, September 28 following a meeting between the SACR MEC, Lebogang Maile and EMM Executive Mayor, Clr Mondli Gungubele.
“This signing is a culmination of an engagement the province had with various members of mayoral committees with the hope of developing a framework to guide intergovernmental relations between the province and local governments on issues of sports, arts, culture and heritage. This MOU will make sure this framework is implementable and those running with it understand that the programme is being implemented for the befit of the people of Gauteng,” said MEC Maile.
“The next step will be for officials from the province and those in the city to put plans in place to ensure that this framework is implemented effectively.”
Echoing the Maile’s sentiments, Clr Gungubele said he was excited with the development which he described as ‘long awaited’. “This shows that issues of co-existence between the spheres of government are now being taken seriously.”
“Officials must put together a system that shows that we are a single organisation as a province. Why sometimes such relations do not succeed is because there is no framework and second official’s meet on their own and when they fall out of favour with each other, everything falls flat because they had initiated the meetings and there was no sense of accountability.
“This exercise means we will now share notes in terms of what the two parties are doing in the various sporting codes, arts, heritage, arts and culture. This then means we will know how and where we need to boost each other so that whatever we do has the desired impact on our communities,” Gungubele continued.
The MEC and the Executive Mayor vowed to make the framework work in the province and will ensure that both spheres of government know exactly what they are supposed to do.
Both the Executive Mayor and the MEC then formalised the relationship by signing the memorandum of understanding.