South Africans Encouraged to Save Water

The South African Weather Service has encouraged South Africans to use water sparingly as the country is still experiencing drought conditions. “The current drought is the result of a sequence of dry spells and extreme hot conditions associated with the very strong 2015/16 El Niño event and preceding drier than normal years, especially over the […]


Understanding Traditional Leadership Structures

In terms of Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Amendment Act 2009 (Act 23 of 2009), the structure of the institution of traditional leadership comprises of different levels of traditional leadership spread across eight provinces namely; Queenship/Kingship; principal traditional leadership; senior traditional leadership and headmen/headwomen. These traditional leadership levels are guided by the principle of customs […]


Highway Africa – Local Government Day!

The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) invites members of the media to the Highway Africa Conference taking place in Grahamstown.   The Highway Conference is proudly hosted by the University of Rhodes in partnership with SALGA, Department of Cooperative Governance and the South African Cities Network to mount a series of events focused on local […]

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Local Government Audit Outcomes MFMA 2014-15

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5 Pillars of Back 2 Basics

Institutional Capacity : There has to be a focus will be on building strong municipal administrative systems and processes. It includes ensuring that administrative positions are filled with competent and committed people whose performance is closely monitored. (more…)

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​Building Capabilities

Sound financial management is integral to the success of local government. National Treasury has legislated standards and reporting requirements, and based on our monitoring of the indicators, we will identify the key areas emerging from the profiles and partner with National Treasury to support the remedial process. (more…)

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Sound Financial Management

Good governance is at the heart of the effective functioning of municipalities. Municipalities will be constantly monitored and evaluated on their ability to carry out the following basics: (more…)

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Good Governance
  • CoGTA will support the development and implementation of comprehensive infrastructure and maintenance plans in municipalities, with at least 7% of operational budgets going to maintenance of infrastructure. This will include infrastructure audits.


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​Delivering Basic Services

Measures will be taken to ensure that municipalities engage with their communities. We will enforce compliance with the provisions of the Municipal Systems Act on community participation. Municipalities must develop affordable and efficient communication systems to communicate regularly with communities and disseminate urgent information. (more…)

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Putting People First



Vision: An integrated, responsive and highly effective governance system, including communities, to achieve sustainable development and improved service delivery.



About us: The establishment of the Department of Traditional Affairs was approved by Cabinet on 5 March 2008. The former Department of Provincial and Local Government was given a mandate deriving from the....



The Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA) is a national government component constituted in terms of Section 7(2) Schedule 3 of the Public Service Act of 1994 (as amended)...



Purpose: To promote an integrated and co-ordinated system of disaster prevention, mitigation and risk management...


CoGTA Over the Years