ANC condemns WECLOGO Conference priorities

ANC condemns WECLOGO Conference priorities

16 April 2002

The Western Cape Local Government Organisation (WECLOGO) conference currently being held in George has attracted grave concern.

Some 230 persons of whom only 150 are voting delegates will attend the Conference. Conference attendants will receive daily allowances; transport has been extravagantly covered at great expense and at least two of the Conference days are half days to allow for leisure time. The Conference will cost approximately R 1 million in addition to the approximately R500 000 contributed by local authorities.

ANC MP and local government study group member, Bruce Kannemeyer is attending the Conference. He has responded to the issues saying: "This conference is a lost opportunity and the use of money must be questioned.

"WECLOGO has put great expense and effort into organising and funding this Conference. They have however failed to fundraise for and to train councilors and to address capacity needs and policy development and implementation. At best their priorities are wrong.

"The Conference programme also fails to address vital issues such as the implementation of transformation principles, the IDP, preferential procurement or employment equity.

Conference attendants will spend an afternoon playing golf and another on a train excursion. ANC members attending will instead visit poor local communities to volunteer their time to do clean ups and meet and listen to the people.

Kannemeyer said: "We call on WECLOGO to transform and to develop appropriate priorities as a matter of urgency. Local government in the Western Cape must be served in a relevant and legitimate manner."

For further input, please contact Bruce Kannemeyer MP on 083 285 1402 or Sipho Kromo on 082 431 8467.

Issued by:
African National Congress - Western Cape