3rd Presidential Local Government Summit

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The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President JG Zuma will host the 3rd Local Government Summit as part of Government’s efforts to strengthen the system of local government in the second phase of the Back to Basics programme. Summit Objectives: To set a new intergovernmental agenda for ‘Managing Municipal Spaces for […]


2017 Local Government Tourism Conference

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The Ministry of Cooperative Governance in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism invite you to attend and participate at the Local Government Tourism Conference to be held on 3 and 4 April 2017 at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng. The theme for this conference is: “Tourism Planning is Everybody’s Business” For more information and to […]


Young Offenders Offer Advice to SA’s Youth

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 Young offenders, who are serving prison sentences, have encouraged the youth of South Africa to focus on getting an education and to avoid being involved in criminal activities to improve their living conditions. On Saturday, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Deputy Minister Andries Nel convened an interactive imbizo with youngsters at Emthonjeni Youth Centre […]


Game Changers to Improve Municipalities

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With municipalities continuing work to improve themselves, new conditional grants and so called “game changers” will be introduced, National Treasury said on Wednesday. This as government continues to work to reduce costs and improve financial management. Tabling the 2017 Budget before a joint sitting of Parliament, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said government continues to invest […]


Open Budget Data Portal – Be Involved in Municipal Money Management

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A few months ago, South African Government is proudly launched “Municipal Money”, an open local government budget data portal which provides citizens and other stakeholders with access to comparable, verified information on the financial performance of each municipality. Municipal Money’s key objective is to promote transparency and citizen engagement through the visualisation and ‘demystification’ of information […]


Public Participation through Ward Committees – Have Your Say!

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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 […]


How is the CWP is Funded?

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The Community Work Programme (CWP) is a community driven government programme based in the Department of Cooperative Governance (DCoG). Just above 1million annually cumulative work opportunities have been provided to date. The CWP has over the years been able to establish 10 key strategic partnerships in order to enhance the quality of work outputs and […]


Rural-Urban Linkages

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Urban and rural areas are connected through flows of people, and natural and economic resources. The economic, social and environmental interdependence between rural and urban areas is widely acknowledged. However, the simplistic concept of a rural–urban ‘divide’ persists, even though it does not reflect the reality of rural-urban interdependency. Traditionally, development policy used ‘rural’ to […]