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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 […]

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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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Local Government Anti-Corruption Strategy

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The Department of Cooperative Governance in partnership with the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) as well as the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) has reviewed the 2006 Local Government Anti-Corruption Strategy and also developed the Municipal Integrity Management Framework and the Implementation Plan. The Strategy sets out the strategic objectives to be […]

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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 […]