1. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
1.1 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WORKERS (CDW's)
Community Development Workers are the catalysts who liaise, coordinate, mobilize, inform and assist communities to have access to information and services provided by government. They also assist communities to identify and communicate their needs to Government at National, Provincial and Local Government level bringing Governement closer to the people. The Department has recruited 132 CDW's in the Gert Sibande region, 177 at Ehlanzeni and 170 at Nkangala. The department has appointed 3 district coordinators and administrators to ensure effective functionality of the CDW's in the three regions.
1.2. WARD COMMITTEES
Ward Committees are structures established in terms of Chapter 4, Section 73 of the Local Government Municipal Structures’ Act. The objective of the Ward Committees is to enhance public participation in Local Government decision making. A Ward Committee consists of not more than 10 persons elected by the community of that particular ward. The Ward Councillor is the Chairperson of the Ward Committee. The Ward Committee may make recommendations on any matter affecting its wards to the ward councilor or through the ward councilor to the local council.
2. DISASTER MANAGEMENT
The unit coordinates Disaster Management with all the spheres of government. This ensures a multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary, multi-disciplinary and integrated approach to preparedness, prevention, mitigation and response to disasters. It seeks to provide for an integrated and coordinated disaster management policy that focuses on preventing or reducing the risk of disasters, mitigating the severity of disasters, emergency preparedness, rapid and effective response to disasters and post disaster recovery.
3. INTERGRATED DEVELOPMENT PLANNING (IDP)
This sub-programme is in line with Chapter 5 of the Municipal Systems Act no 32 of 2000. The core function of the programme is to support, coordinate and assess the integrated Development Plans of the municipalities. It also ensures the alignment of the IDP with Provincial Growth and Development Strategy (PGDS) and National Spatial Development Perspective (NSDP).