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 5th March 2008 Cabinet’s decision to drive the processes for the establishment of this new department.

The strategic role of the department is not only to assist the institution of traditional and the Khoi-san leadership to transform themselves to be strategic partners with Government in the development of their communities, but also to coordinate the traditional affairs activities of the Department and those of other Departments at national, provincial and local government levels. This is meant to ensure that their needs in terms of development, service delivery, governance, access to indigenous knowledge systems, traditional courts and indigenous law, traditional healing and medicine are adequately met.  To this end, a communication and marketing strategy is required to launch, and effectively position the DTA within the South African political, economic and social framework.


Inclusive, cohesive, developed and sustainable traditional and interfaith communities


Informed by the NDP, MTSF (government outcomes) and Back-to-Basics, the Department’s mission is to transform, develop and promote cohesiveness and sustainability of traditional communities through:

Development, implementation, monitoring and review of traditional affairs legislation, policies, norms and standards;

Monitoring and providing support to the institution in its administration of the affairs of traditional communities in accordance with customs and traditions;

Developing mechanisms for structures of traditional leadership to support municipalities in the identification of community needs;

Facilitating the involvement of traditional communities in the development or amendment of IDPs within their areas;

Monitoring and providing support to the structures of traditional leadership in their participation and promotion of development and service delivery within their communities;

Monitoring the participation of structures of traditional leadership in the development of policy and legislation at local level;

Monitoring the participation of structures of traditional leadership in the development programmes of municipalities, provincial and national spheres of government;

Monitoring the promotion of the ideals of cooperative governance, integrated development planning, sustainable development and service delivery by structures of traditional leadership;

Monitoring the promotion of indigenous knowledge systems by the institution of traditional leadership and ensuring that they are in accordance with Constitutional principles;

Developing appropriate policies, legislation, norms, standards, systems and regulatory framework governing traditional affairs; and

Coordinating the interfaith sector to promote social cohesion and nation building.

Important Contacts:

1 Ms Shoky Mogaladi Executive Manager: Office of the DG +27 (12) 334 0899
2 Ms Anna Maluleke PA: Office of the Director General +27 (12) 334 4981
3 Ms Modiegi Madiga DTA



+27 (12) 395 4791
4 Ms Edith Ngobeni DTA Procurement Office +27 (12) 334 0652
5 Mr  Machupe


DTA Finance Office +27 (12) 334 4982
6. Mr Abram Sithole National House of Traditional Leaders + 27 (12) 334 4910