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3rd Presidential Local Government Summit Declaration

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 STATEMENT OF INTENT “Building on Back to Basics – Transforming Municipal Spaces for Radical Socio-Economic Development” 7 APRIL 2017 We, the delegates gathered here at the Gallagher Convention Centre from our different areas and organisations.   ACKNOWLEDGING the importance of leadership, accountability and reconnecting with communities as key ingredients to achieve radical socio-economic transformation in […]

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President Jacob Zuma’s Address at the 3rd Presidential Local Government Summit

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Address by his Excellency President Jacob Zuma on the occasion of the 3rd Presidential Local Government Summit, Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand   06 April 2017   The Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and all Ministers, Deputy Ministers and MECs, The Chairperson of SALGA and all mayors and municipal leadership, The […]

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Minister van Rooyen’s Address at the 3rd Presidential Local Government Summit

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His Excellency, President Jacob Zuma, Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, All Ministers present, Premiers, Deputy Ministers, members of Parliament and MECs, Chairpersons of the CoGTA Portfolio and Select Committees; Traditional Leaders present; Leadership of SALGA, South African Cities Network and Municipal Demarcation […]

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Recurrence of El Niño Drought Conditions Likely

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The next summer season has increased likelihood for the development of El Niño conditions which are often associated with drought and water scarcity as seen recently in South Africa. This was revealed by the South African Weather Service’s Chief Forecaster, Dr Eugene Poolman during his presentation to the National Disaster Management Advisory Forum (NDMAF) in Centurion on Wednesday, 29 March. NDMAF is established by […]

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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 […]

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What is the role of the Municipal Property Rates Act?

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To regulate the power of a municipality to impose rates on property (in accordance with section 229(2) of the Constitution); To provide a uniform framework for regulating the rating of property throughout the country; To exclude certain properties from rating in the national interest; To make provision for municipalities to implement a transparent and fair […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]