Deputy Minister Andries Nel Calls for Firm Commitment to the New Urban Agenda Implementation

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The Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), honourable Andries Nel addressed the High-level International Forum on Sustainable Urban Development held in Chengdu Municipality, Sichuan Province, People’s Republic of China on 21 July 2017. “The late Former President Nelson Mandela said that we need creativity to develop the City’s economy, to create jobs and resources […]

DCoG Acting DG Charles Nwaila and Sanlam’s Group Market Chief Executive Mr Themba Mvusi signed the MoU in Sandton

DCoG and Santam Enter Phase Two of a Winning Local Government Partnership

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On Monday, 10 July 2017, the Department of Cooperative Governance (DCoG) officially kicked off phase two of its public-private partnership with a short-term insurer Santam. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between government and Santam today at a ceremony held in Sandton, Johannesburg. Director-General acting for DCoG, Dr Charles Nwaila, accompanied by senior executives […]

Customary Initiation Bill approved by Cabinet

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Pretoria – Cabinet has approved the publication of the Customary Initiation Bill. The Bill seeks to protect, promote and regulate the customary initiation practices. “Once approved, the Bill will provide acceptable norms and standards in conducting these customary practices. It will deal with the abuse of the initiation practice, which has seen a number of young […]

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 […]

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 […]


Report Back: Special COGTA MINMEC Meeting

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The Ministry for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), held a special MinMec meeting on 21 April 2017. The meeting chaired by Minister for CoGTA, honourable Minister Des van Rooyen looked at 3 key issues. Reconstitution of Traditional Houses; The work of the Demarcation Board; and Implementation of the Municipal Systems Act as amended in […]