Disaster Management Preparing for the Worst Amid Expected Extreme Weather Conditions!

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The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), honourable Des van Rooyen noted the weather alert from the South African weather services on the likelihood of severe weather condition. The Weather Services, “issued an alert that an intense cold front with associated steep upper air trough is expected to affect the Western Cape on […]

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 […]

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 […]

COGTA Urges Safety of Initiates

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The 2016/17 summer initiation season has finally come to a close across the country. Just like all other years, many young men and women across the country embarked this sacred traditional rite of passage. The success of the summer initiation further strengthens the case of the importance of this cultural practice for the communities. “We […]