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Municipal Ward Committees: What You Need to Know

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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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CRL commissioners appointed for five-year term

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed 13 members to the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities for a period of five years. The appointment was made in terms of section 9(1) read with 13(1) of the Commission Act, 2002 (Act No 19 of 2002). The President further […]

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Play Your Part in Advancing Effective Local Governance

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The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs reiterates the call for active citizen participation in local government. To have a meaningful impact on how your municipality is run, you need to understand the processes involved. This guide explains the roles of some of the most important elements of local government. What is a Municipal […]

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President to Outline Government’s Programme of Action

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President Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to deliver the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday. It marks the start of the sixth democratic Parliament after the successful conclusion of the country’s General Election in May. President Ramaphosa will deliver the address under the theme ‘Let’s grow South Africa Together as we celebrate 25 years […]

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Cost Containment Regulations Made in Terms of Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act, 2003

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National Treasury on Friday 7 June 2019 gazetted (Gazette no 42514) cost containment Regulations that are aimed at ensuring that the resources of municipalities and municipal entities are used effectively, efficiently and economically. Section 168(1)(b) and (p) of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) provides that the Minister may regulate financial management and internal controls […]

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Don’t be Corrupt!

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Newly-appointed Public Service and Administration Minister, Senzo Mchunu, has a clear message for the country’s public servants – don’t get involved in corrupt activities. Speaking at an event to welcome him as the Minister for Public Service and Administration at the Batho Pele Building in Pretoria following his appointment last week, the Minister urged government […]

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Parliament Gets the Ball Rolling

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A number of key Parliamentary meetings are scheduled for next week to take forward the process of putting in place enabling structures and systems for the newly constituted Houses of Parliament. This follows President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of his Cabinet earlier this week and the President advising National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise and National Council […]

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Statement on the Appointment of Members of the National Executive

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Statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa; Fellow South Africans, In the election of the 8th of May, South Africans provided this administration with a clear mandate to accelerate inclusive economic growth, act with greater urgency to tackle poverty, improve government services, fight corruption and end state capture. If we are to give effect to this mandate, […]