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The Transformative Power of the Integrated Urban Development Framework

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The IUDF is a policy initiative of the Government of South Africa, coordinated by the Departments Of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA). The IUDF seeks to foster a shared understanding across government and society about how best to manage urbanisation and achieve the goals of economic development, job creation and improved living conditions for […]

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Municipal Ward Committees: What You Need to Know

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Public participation is a vital part of our democracy, and allows for citizens to get involved in how their communities are governed. At local government level the Local Government: Municipal Structures Act, 1998, requires amongst others municipalities to develop mechanisms to consult communities and community organisations in performing their functions and exercising its powers. These […]

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Minister van Rooyen Urges Restraint ahead of the Nquthu Local Municipality By-Election

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The Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), honourable Des van Rooyen, is calling for an incident-free campaigning and by-elections in Nquthu Local Municipality, Kwazulu Natal Province. The decision of the Kwazulu Natal provincial government to dissolve the Nquthu Local Municipality, following a lengthy consultation with all stakeholders, is finally bearing positive fruits as […]

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2017-18 DCoG Annual Performance Plan

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A Foreword by Minister Des van Rooyen We commemorated the 20th anniversary of the adoption of our Constitution in 2016.This important framework of our democracy continues to guide us towards achieving our objectives, as outlined in the National Development Plan (NDP). As South Africans, we can stand proud of our achievements in ensuring a peaceful […]

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What is the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA)?

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The Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA) was established as Government Component within the Ministry for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA). It is a Schedule 3 entity regulated in terms of the Public Service Act, of 1994, as amended. This initiative is an integral part of the Department of Cooperative Governance’s programme towards improving municipal […]

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Realising National Priorities Through Back to Basics

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The 3RD Presidential Local Government Summit convened under the theme of  “Transforming Municipal Spaces for Radical Social and Economic Development”, was a resounding success and it ended on a higher note on Friday, 07 April 2017 in Midrand.   The Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), honourable Des van Rooyen expressed his gratitude […]

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