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 […]
Cost Containment Regulations Made in Terms of Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act, 2003
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 […]
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 […]
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
The Central Supplier Database
The Central Supplier Database (CSD) was launched on 1 September 2015.Â 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.
You can also check out the following Metropolitan Municipalities’ websites for vacancies.
Local Government Jobs in Metropolitan Municipalities:
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…)
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…)
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…)
- 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.
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…)