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Government and Partners to Host Second South African Urban Conference

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South Africa’s second national Urban Conference will be held on 30-31 October 2018 in Johannesburg. The conference is convened by the South African Cities Network (SACN) in partnership with the national Departments of Cooperative Governance (DCOG), Human Settlements (DHS) and the National Treasury; the South African Local Government Association, SA Council for Planners (SACPLAN), ICLEI […]

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Deputy Minister Nel to Attend Solidarity Dinner of the Gauteng-Italy Indaba Seminar

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The Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Mr Andries Nel will attend the solidarity dinner of the Gauteng-Italy Indaba Seminar. The dinner is hosted by the Gauteng provincial government at HB Connect Hotel in Sandton, JHB. The Gauteng provincial government is currently hosting Italy to explore economic and social partnership opportunities between […]

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Minister Mkhize Condemns Threats Against Auditor-General of South Africa Staff

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The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Dr Zweli Mkhize has strongly condemned threats and attacks on staff of the Auditor-General of South Africa (AGSA) deployed in municipalities to undertake audits of financial statements and performance information. The recent attack took place in Emfuleni where an official who is part of the team […]

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Deputy Minister Andries Nel to Address the Actuarial Society 2018 Convention

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The Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Mr Andries Nel will address the 45th 2018 Convention of the Actuarial Society of South Africa under the theme – “Actuaries giving solutions to the Municipality Crises”. The Actuarial Society of South Africa is a member driven organisation that develops the knowledge, expertise and skills […]

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Deputy Minister Andries Nel Participates at the Conference on State Capture and its Aftermath

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Mistra Urban Futures Conference

On Tuesday, 23 October, the Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Andries Nel participated at the Conference on State Capture and its aftermath themed: Building Responsiveness through State Reform! In his address, Deputy Minister Nel probed whether the concept of ‘capture’ as has been understood in the South African context is useful in […]

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Speech by Deputy Minister Andries Nel State Capture and its Aftermath Conference

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Address by Mr Andries Nel, MP, Deputy Minister for Cooperative Governance & Traditional Affairs at a Conference on: “State Capture and its Aftermath – Building Responsiveness through State Reform” hosted by the Public Affairs Research Institute on the University of Johannesburg 23 October 2018   We thank the Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) for the […]

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Minister Mkhize to Brief COGTA Portfolio Committee on Municipalities that Invested with VBS

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National Zweli Mkhize Municipal Managers Forum

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Dr Zweli Mkhize will brief Parliament’s CoGTA Portfolio Committee on Municipalities that invested in the VBS bank. The briefing by Minister will look at the state of service delivery and finances of municipalities which invested in the VBS Mutual Bank. Minister Mkhize has also been requested […]

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How do I Access Free Basic Municipal Services?

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Free basic municipal services are services provided at no charge by the Government to poor households. The services currently include water and electricity. These services are provided by municipalities and include a minimum amount of electricity, water and sanitation that is sufficient to cater for the basic needs of a poor household. Only indigent households […]

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Deputy Minister Nel Advances a Case of Interlinked Urban-Rural Development

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Mistra Urban Futures Conference

South Africa’s Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Andries Nel says sustainable urban development cannot take place in the absence of rural investment. Nel was speaking at the Planning Africa 2018 Conference at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Monday. “The focus must be on strengthening linkages between urban and rural development, but […]