Marching Towards an Effective Developmental Local Government

During the past 15 years we have sought to turn the local government sector into one that truly responds to the needs of our people. While the apartheid legacy continues to pose a challenge, we believe that we have turned the corner. Numerous reports from the likes of the Auditor-General of South Africa (AGSA) to […]


COGTA Urges Safety of Initiates

The 2016/17 summer initiation season has finally come to a close across the country. Just like all other years, many young men and women across the country embarked this sacred traditional rite of passage. The success of the summer initiation further strengthens the case of the importance of this cultural practice for the communities. “We […]


Prompt Response and Coordination Key to Disaster Management

The Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, honourable Des van Rooyen visited the Eastern Cape Province on 10 January 2017. This visit follows severe weather condition on 02 January 2017 characterised by thunderstorms and strong winds. To this effect, the purpose of Minister’s visit was to see first-hand the extent of damages at OR […]

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5 Pillars of Back 2 Basics

Institutional Capacity : There has to be a focus will be on building strong municipal administrative systems and processes. It includes ensuring that administrative positions are filled with competent and committed people whose performance is closely monitored. (more…)

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​Building Capabilities

Sound financial management is integral to the success of local government. National Treasury has legislated standards and reporting requirements, and based on our monitoring of the indicators, we will identify the key areas emerging from the profiles and partner with National Treasury to support the remedial process. (more…)

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Sound Financial Management

Good governance is at the heart of the effective functioning of municipalities. Municipalities will be constantly monitored and evaluated on their ability to carry out the following basics: (more…)

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Good Governance
  • CoGTA will support the development and implementation of comprehensive infrastructure and maintenance plans in municipalities, with at least 7% of operational budgets going to maintenance of infrastructure. This will include infrastructure audits.


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​Delivering Basic Services

Measures will be taken to ensure that municipalities engage with their communities. We will enforce compliance with the provisions of the Municipal Systems Act on community participation. Municipalities must develop affordable and efficient communication systems to communicate regularly with communities and disseminate urgent information. (more…)

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Putting People First



Vision: An integrated, responsive and highly effective governance system, including communities, to achieve sustainable development and improved service delivery.



About us: The establishment of the Department of Traditional Affairs was approved by Cabinet on 5 March 2008. The former Department of Provincial and Local Government was given a mandate deriving from the....



The Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA) is a national government component constituted in terms of Section 7(2) Schedule 3 of the Public Service Act of 1994 (as amended)...



Purpose: To promote an integrated and co-ordinated system of disaster prevention, mitigation and risk management...


CoGTA Over the Years