Postgraduate Student Publishes a Book

Postgraduate student in Governance and Chief Director in the Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Ms Halima Khunoethe has published a book.

The Smarter Municipality: Against The Ills of Local Government presents case studies of the challenges experienced by many municipalities and reflects on the errors that have been made in responding to them. The case studies were developed from assessments by the provincial department of dysfunctional and politically and administratively challenged municipalities.

The book offers executive municipal functionaries in all provinces an opportunity to learn valuable lessons and encourages them to consider ways to avert or deal with challenges that could arise in their respective municipalities. It also contributes to debates among government officials, academics/researchers and students on how to resolve potential crises.

Commenting on the book at its launch on the Howard College campus, Promoter Professor Purshottama S Reddy said, ‘the book highlights some of the “ills of local government”, namely tensions and disputes; political interference; weak governance; fraud and corruption; and stakeholder relationships using local case studies. It is very relevant and will certainly make a positive contribution to capacity building and changing the mind set of municipal functionaries in South Africa. Hopefully, this book will have a marked impact on local governance and more specifically service delivery.

‘Given her technical expertise in the field, backed by her academic qualifications, Khunoethe can be regarded as an expert on local government. We wish her well in her studies and future career prospects,’ added Reddy.

The prefaces to the book were written by President Cyril Ramaphosa and the former Minister of COGTA, Dr Zweli Mkhize.

Khunoete is the Head of COGTA’s Capacity Building Unit in the province. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and is currently conducting research for her doctorate.

Words: Lungile Ngubelanga
Photograph: Supplied