Effective Municipal Management a Priority for PhD Graduate
Infrastructure Development Manager at uMgungundlovu District Municipality, Dr Terrence Hlongwane, aims to use his Doctorate in Business Administration to enhance the district’s service delivery strategies.
‘The State of Local Government Report (2009) reveals that South Africa’s municipalities are in “distress”, accompanied by an escalating loss of confidence in governance,’ said Hlongwane. ‘No subject has ever been more discussed in local government circles than the issue of service delivery. Service delivery in South Africa has been characterised by mass protests and demonstrations.
‘Municipalities are facing developmental challenges and lack the required capacity to translate resources into instruments within which to confront problems of underdevelopment.’
His thesis titled: “Municipal Distress: Towards a Municipal infrastructure and Finance Model”, evaluates service delivery at uMgungundlovu District Municipality (uMDM) and the root causes of municipal distress, and proposes an infrastructure and finance model for service delivery.
‘The study also critiques the Local Government Turnaround Strategy (LGTS), MSA and the Municipal Financial Management Act (MFMA) on service delivery mechanisms. The complex processes of service delivery are seen to be of national importance and require immediate developmental solution through innovative service delivery models,’ said Hlongwane.
While holding a demanding full time job and pursuing a doctoral degree is a tough balancing act, Hlongwane is looking forward to using his newly acquired knowledge to improve people’s lives.
‘It’s an absolute honor and a privilege. The incredible sense of accomplishment in reaching the peak of academic recognition that the Doctoral degree gives, is worth the onerous journey that leads to it. I pride myself in being from KZN and I want to make a meaningful contribution to the lives of our people,’ he said.