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Play your Part in Saving Water

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South Africa is a water scarce country, which depends much for its water on rainfall patterns. While Government is doing all it can to mitigate water scarcity, do your part in saving this scarce resource. According to the Department of Water and Sanitation’s latest dam levels report, some of the country’s water reservoirs are losing […]

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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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AmaXhosa King’s Funeral Details

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Members of the public are welcome to pay their last respects to the late AmaXhosa King, Zwelonke Mpendulo Sigcawu, at his memorial service and funeral taking place this week. President Cyril Ramaphosa honoured the late King Zwelonke by declaring a Special Official Funeral Category 1 for His Majesty. The King’s funeral will feature military ceremonial […]

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The Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF)

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  The Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF) is a policy initiative of the Government of South Africa, coordinated by the Department 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 […]

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District Development Model to be Launched in Waterberg District

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Government has successfully piloted the District Development model at the OR Tambo District Municipality in Lusikisiki which has elements of rural spatial development and recently, eThekwini Municipality in Durban which has elements of urban spatial development. The District Development Model is a new integrated planning model for Cooperative Governance which seeks to be a new […]

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Facts about Indigent Households

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In 2001 South Africa adopted a policy intended for the provision of free basic services to poorer households. Under this policy, municipalities were tasked to identify indigent households that would receive services – such as water and electricity – for free or at substantially subsidised rates. South Africa’s 257 municipalities registered 3,51 million indigent households in […]