Minister Zweli Mkhize to Host Committee to Deal with Maluti-a-Phofung Troubles as it Meets for the First Time

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Dr Zweli Mkhize will tomorrow, 15 November 2018, host the first meeting of the Maluti-A-Phofung Consultative Committee established to finalise a recovery plan for the municipality. The committee has been established as a result of the recent court settlement in which the litigants accepted a co-operative governance […]

Minister Mkhize to Lead the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMTT) on Electricity Reticulation to Update the Standing Committee on Public Accounts  

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Dr Zweli Mkhize will lead the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMTT) on Electricity Reticulation to update the Standing Committee on Public Accounts about plans to resolve the impasse between Eskom and the affected municipalities. The meeting follows the one that was held on 14 June 2018, where the […]

Reclassification of Drought in Various Provinces as a National Disaster

South Africa to Mark International Day for Disaster Reduction

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Dr Zweli Mkhize will lead South Africa’s celebration of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDR) in Upington, Northern Cape on the 16th of November 2018. The International Day for Disaster Reduction was started in 1989 after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for […]

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Raise Issues with Council

There are many different ways that councillors and the public can use to raise issues with council. Below are the most common ones: questions and requests.

Questions to Council

Questions asked by Councillors are a useful and easy way of monitoring council officials and getting reliable information about council policies and programmes. Questions may be submitted in writing or may be asked during a meeting. Like motions, written questions must be submitted 10 days before the council meeting so that the officials can have time to prepare the answers. Answers are often tabled at the meetings themselves. The exco chairperson can immediately answer a question verbally or can provide a reply in writing. Any councillor may ask a question about exco’s recommendations or decisions and any exco member may make immediate verbal replies. The public should approach ward councillors to ask questions on their behalf.


Requests are the easiest and simplest way to get information or to bring issues to the attention of officials. Councillors or members of the public should make requests directly to officials – make a phone call, write a letter, or visit an official and ask them to attend to something. Requests will only work when there is a policy and/or a by-law that says that what you are requesting should be done by the person you are making the request to. So, for example, if someone has a blocked water drain you can go to the relevant official and make a request to get it fixed. But if you want something new to be put into your ward and there is no policy on it then a request will not be sufficient.

Public Meetings and Forums

Local municipalities have to hold consultation meetings on a number of issues and should set up Integrated Development Planning forums to draw in civil society. Organisations should find out when meetings will be held and use them to take up important local issues. If a forum exists that deals with or affects your organisation’s area of work, approach the council and ask to join.

Use this municipality database to contact your council.

The Central Supplier Database maintains a database of organisations, institutions and individuals who can provide goods and services to government. The CSD will serve as the single source of key supplier information for organs of state from 01 April 2016 providing consolidated, accurate, up-to-date, complete and verified supplier information to procuring organs of state.

Prospective suppliers interested in pursuing opportunities within the South African government are encouraged to self-register on the Central Supplier Database. This self-registration application represents an expression of interest from the supplier to conduct business with the South African government. Once submitted, your details will be assessed for inclusion on the Central Supplier Database. Click here

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The Central Supplier Database

The Central Supplier Database (CSD) was launched on 1 September 2015.  It is compulsory for all prospective suppliers to be registered on the CSD with effect from 1 April 2016.

What is the CSD?

  • A single database that serves as the source of all supplier information for all spheres of government,
  • A way of simplifying the process of doing business with government,
  • It enables electronic registration and verification processes,
  • It reduces the exchange of compliance documents in paper form,
  • It eliminates multiple registrations with different organs of state,
  • It reduces the cost for both business and government

To register, you can visit the Central Supplier Database website.

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5 Pillars of Back 2 Basics

Institutional Capacity : There has to be a focus will be on building strong municipal administrative systems and processes. It includes ensuring that administrative positions are filled with competent and committed people whose performance is closely monitored. (more…)

Building Capabilities

Sound financial management is integral to the success of local government. National Treasury has legislated standards and reporting requirements, and based on our monitoring of the indicators, we will identify the key areas emerging from the profiles and partner with National Treasury to support the remedial process. (more…)

Sound Financial Management

Good governance is at the heart of the effective functioning of municipalities. Municipalities will be constantly monitored and evaluated on their ability to carry out the following basics: (more…)

Good Governance
  • CoGTA will support the development and implementation of comprehensive infrastructure and maintenance plans in municipalities, with at least 7% of operational budgets going to maintenance of infrastructure. This will include infrastructure audits.


Delivering Basic Services

Measures will be taken to ensure that municipalities engage with their communities. We will enforce compliance with the provisions of the Municipal Systems Act on community participation. Municipalities must develop affordable and efficient communication systems to communicate regularly with communities and disseminate urgent information. (more…)

Putting People First


Vision: An integrated, responsive and highly effective governance system, including communities, to achieve sustainable development and improved service delivery.


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