About Cooperative Governance & Traditional Affairs

About us

The COGTA Ministry comprises of the Department of Cooperative Governance and the Department of Traditional Affairs. Key elements and Constitutional foundations of CoGTA’s mandate:

  • System of  Cooperative Government (Chapter 3 of the Constitution)
  • Provinces (Chapter 6 of the Constitution)
  • Local Government (Chapter 7 of the Constitution)
  • Traditional Leaders (Chapter 12 of the Constitution)

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Vision
A functional and developmental local government system that delivers on its Constitutional and legislative mandates within a system of cooperative governance

This Vision is in line with the objectives of Chapter 13 of the National Development Plan: ‘Building a capable and developmental State’

Mission
Our mission is to ensure that all municipalities perform their basic responsibilities and functions consistently by:

  1. Putting people and their concerns first;
  2. Supporting the delivery of municipal services to the right quality and standard;
  3. Promoting good governance, transparency and accountability;
  4. Ensuring sound financial management and accounting; and
  5. Building institutional resilience and administrative capability.

This mission is directly adopted from the 5 Pillars of the Back to Basics Campaign.

Guided by the spirit of Batho Pele, our values are:

  • Commitment to public service.
  • Integrity and dedication to fighting corruption.
  • A hands-on approach to dealing with local challenges.
  • Public participation and people centered approach.
  • Professionalism and goal orientation.
  • Passion to serve.
  • Excellence and accountability.

Adherence to these values will contribute towards the required state of Local Government.