Challenges in adopting a Project Governance system in local government

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Despite all the Acts, Legislations, Policies, Frameworks, and diagnostic studies in place, there is a sense that South Africa as a country is still unable to handle its present economic and social concerns, as well as governance problems. Even with different types of government involvement, the district municipalities remain inefficient and unable to provide services. Infrastructure projects must be completed to provide services. This technique, which may be adopted by all governments throughout the world to deliver services through infrastructure projects, particularly significant capital projects, is not unique to South Africa. Project governance is being more acknowledged as a system that may assure project success and assist enterprises and governments in putting in place a system and structure for project governance to help achieve favourable project results. To conduct the study, a qualitative case study technique with inductive philosophical reasoning that fit within the interpretivism paradigm was used. Interviews were used in the study to collect data and test the research hypotheses. Project managers and senior management / division directors were among those who took part in the survey. To identify the themes and complete the data analysis, the acquired data was analysed using thematic analysis. According to the findings, district municipalities recognize the benefits of governance and project governance and the role they can play in obtaining beneficial outcomes. The following challenges were identified: dysfunctional institutional governance structures that are not separated from project governance structures, subversion of existing legislation and frameworks for personal and political gain, a lack of local government specific best practices and guidelines, and the complex interrelationships between employers, employees, political structures, and government. The study closes with suggestions that the government respond decisively and with effective consequence management on the current purposeful subversion of existing laws and processes for personal and political advantage. Support that action by developing and implementing an industrial or employee relations framework and best practices aimed at improving relations between local government, district municipalities, and the National and provincial departments that support them. Streamline existing municipal governance, project governance, and project management legislation and systems where necessary, and support that action with the development and implementation of best practice guidelines that consider the local government project and service delivery environment.