Year of participation: 2015
Occupation: Monitoring and Evaluation officer
Local Government: Rustenburg local municipality
Country: South Africa
Talent programme: Citizen Participation and Inclusive Government
Internship municipality: Municipalities of Steenwijkerland and Meppel
My work for Rustenburg Municipality
My job mainly entails monitoring of the municipality’s capital and operational budgets, monitoring and evaluation of projects and programs offered by the municipality. I also deal with responses to audit queries as raised in the Auditor General’s report of the municipality. Writing of report and overall performance of the municipality.
Experience in the Netherlands
The training was tailor made and fully thought through. I love the different expects that where part of the program where my highlight because they gave us 1st hand experience of the work they do.
The 1st municipality I visited was Steenwijkerland, I received a warm welcome from Janneke, she took her time to come pick me up from the hotel to the municipality. I was then given a warm welcome by the Mayor and the elderman in Steenwijkerland, she made me feel very special and expressed her gratitude for me being at their municipality. I then had a meeting with the finance team (Peter , Marcelle and Martys/Martin) of the municipality. They explained to me financial processes and even gave me great ideas. I also had a tour of the tourism industry with Paul and Jan in Giethoon and it was very informative session. I enjoyed the day all in all and Steenwijkerland was wonderful to me.
I then went to Meppel Municipality and I was warmly received by Mr Najib, he explained to me the types of reports they produce for the council. I was then given a tour of the whole municipality and different departments, I was given an opportunity to ask questions and take some lessons as well. I also attended a participation meeting between different departments and I also visited a police station. I also visited the social office that the municipality works with and it was really nice to meet the people working there and their passion for development and care for people.
My Back Home Action plan was directed towards dealing with the service delivery protests in the municipality and to help my municipality offer effective service delivery to the people of Rustenburg.