Minister Baloyi delivers 2013 Budget Vote Speech

We present this Budget today, fully committed to a more integrated system of Local Government, where the three spheres of Government recognise their distinctiveness based on their respective mandates, but fully accepting that they owe it to each other for them to realise their objectives of being active agents of the peoples Government, in the know that they are interdependent and inter-related.

Statement by Minister Tsenoli at the Post-SoNA Media Briefing on Local Government

Deputy Minister


Members of the Media,

Ladies and Gentlemen

Deputy Minister Nel Calls for Meaningful Community Participation in Local Governance

According to publicly available research, local government protests have spread across the country, increasing in frequency and violence in 2009 and peaking significantly in 2012.

CoGTA Minister Tsenoli hosts Palestinian counterpart

The Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Lechesa Tsenoli, the Palestine Minister for Local Government,  Saed Al-Koni and his delegation for the signing ceremony of the memorandum of understanding between the State of Palestine and South Africa, addressing co-operation in the fields of local governance and municipal development.


This is the first official visit by the Palestinian Minister, but the visit follows a Commitment to Cooperate document that was signed in Durban between the CoGTA and the Palestine Ministry of Local Government in 2011. The cooperation is based on the needs, interests and potential of both parties, and to set the foundation for launching an exchange and cooperation programme between Palestine and the Republic of South Africa with specific focus on Local Governance and Municipal Development.

Bekkersdal meeting adjourned due to new residents' demands

The meeting between the National and Provincial Departments of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) and the Greater Westonaria Concerned Residents Association (GWCRA) was adjourned due to new demands being made by the GWCRA. This meeting follows the announcement, late last year (26th November 2013) by Minister Lechesa Tsenoli, of the intention to commission an independent investigation by a credible body, that is, the Auditor-General.

Yesterday the meeting was called to discuss the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the comprehensive forensic investigation into allegations of maladministration in Westonaria Local Municipality and the Bekkersdal Urban Renewal Project.


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