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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Prompt Response and Coordination Key to Disaster Management

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The Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, honourable Des van Rooyen visited the Eastern Cape Province on 10 January 2017. This visit follows severe weather condition on 02 January 2017 characterised by thunderstorms and strong winds. To this effect, the purpose of Minister’s visit was to see first-hand the extent of damages at OR […]

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Celebrating 20 Years of Inspiring Local Government Excellence

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The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) held its National Conference at the Sandton International Convention Centre, Johannesburg, running from 28 November to 1 December 2016. The National Conference is held every five years and is attended by senior decision makers in municipalities made up of mayors, speakers, municipal managers and chief financial officers. South […]

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Stay Alert and Prepared for the #Heatwave

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The South African Weather Service has released severe heatwave warnings for most inland provinces. When exposed to extremely high maximum temperatures people of all ages can suffer the effects of a heat wave, but the ill, very young, elderly, or overweight tend to be affected more severely.   Heat kills by pushing the human body […]

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South Africans Encouraged to Save Water

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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 […]

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Minister Van Rooyen Joins World Leaders Charting Way Forward for the New Urban Development Agenda

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The Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoCTA), honourable Des van Rooyen is attending the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 – 20 October 2016. Minister van Rooyen joins the Minister of Human Settlements, honourable Lindiwe Sisulu and other world leaders at this […]