Investigating the impact of political-administrative interface on service delivery in Ndwedwe Local Municipality.
Ncalane, Kwanele Hector.
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This study focused on the relationship between politics and administration at a local government level. It used Ndwedwe local municipality in KwaZulu-Natal as a case study. The researcher developed interest in this municipality because it has been experiencing certain political instability with the changes of political leadership in every term of office and exodus of senior management leaving the municipality. The main issue being explored in this study was the impact of the political-administrative interface in the municipality, whether it exist or not. The study sought to explore if all role players, mainly political leadership and administrators understand their roles. For the purposes of the study, the researcher used quantitative research methodology, which has helped in diagnosing the complexity of the political-administrative interface. In chapter one, the researcher dealt with introduction and overview of the study. Chapter two focused on literature review, which entailed examining the existing knowledge and information in relation to the political-administrative interface in local government. Chapter three dealt with research methodology and design. Chapter four mainly focused on data collection and analysis. Chapter five discussed the findings, conclusions and recommendations. The researcher used snowball sampling and developed questionnaire with few key questions. The study involved 20 respondents, who includes politicians and administrators. Among the key findings is that while there is evidence of conflict between politicians and administrators in the municipality, there is however no structured interface in the municipality. Secondly, the issue of education level, mainly among councillors, who are the political leadership in the municipality is pointing to an urgent need to conduct in-going training to ensure that new councillors understand the complex regulations governing the local government sphere in South Africa. This understanding is critical in understanding the separation of roles between politicians and administration. Keywords: political-administration dichotomy interface in local government Ndwedwe Local Municipality