North-West University invited Executive Mayor, Councillor Bongani Baloyi to participate in a public dialogue on: service delivery and the role of media in promoting good governance. Professor Linda Du Plessis, Deputy Vice Chancellor of North-West University, welcomed guests, staff members and students in attendance. She further outlined the purpose of the dialogue which was to bridge the gap between theory and practice in higher learning. The Executive Mayor together with Mr Phil Pretorius (North-West University), Mr Angelo Fick (eNCA news analyst) and Mr Majoloa (Sedibeng District Municipality) were panellist and gave their presentation on their perspectives and views on the topic under discussion. The panel presentations were followed by a panel discussion which was interactive with students asking the Executive Mayor how Midvaal Local Municipality managed to maintain three consecutive clean audits and how he ensures that the municipality performs and maintains high quality of service it renders to its communities. In his response, the Executive Mayor indicated that: “service delivery and governance are interdependent and cannot be separated or divorced. Services can only be delivered to communities if there are solid governance structures and practices which are employed and continuously monitored to ensure that quality services are rendered to communities. The most relevant problem is corruption; corrupt leaders corrupt the system because of misguided principles which in turn result in poor service delivery and community protests. Good governance is the key to sustainable service delivery”.
Professor Lumkile Lalendle thanked all guests, staff members and students in attendance and indicated that they would like to invite the Executive Mayor to participate in future similar dialogues with students.