Announcement of New Members of the MDB

The Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs is working together with the Municipal Demarcation Board to facilitate an un-interrupted transition as the President of the Republic has announced appointments of the new members of the Board. During February 2013, the former Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs made a determination that three (3) vacancies that arose at the Board must be filled in accordance to section 6(2) of the Local Government: Municipal Demarcation Act, Act 27 of 1998 (herein after referred to as “the Act”). The filling of the vacancies was initiated by placing advertisements inviting persons to apply in the media circulating nationally in each province in terms of section 8(1).

Minister Tsenoli to discuss implementation of SIP 7

Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr Lechesa Tsenoli, will on 7 February 2013 convene a forum of mayors; municipal managers and engineers in South Africa to discuss redressing spatial planning challenges through the implementation of Strategic Infrastructure Project (SIP) 7.

'Eye of the Needle' to Fix Municipalities

Pretoria – Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Lechesa Tsenoli believes government has finally found a working solution to fix non-functioning municipalities and get  rid of corrupt and errant managers in local government.

The answer, he says, is found in the new regulations that aim to help with the implementation of the Municipal Systems Amendment Act.  Speaking to SAnews in an interview on Friday, Tsenoli said gone are the days when an official would “run away” from a corruption case by resigning from a municipality, only to join another one a few months down the line.  According to the regulations, municipalities have to keep records of fired employees or those who quit before their disciplinary hearing is completed.

President Zuma Appoints New Members of the Municipal Demarcation Board

South African President Jacob Zuma has in terms of section 6 (1) of the Local Government: Municipal Demarcation Act, 1998 appointed ten board members of the Municipal Demarcation Board for a period of five years with effect from 20 February 2014.

The new Members of the Board are:
1. Ms Mabjoalo Jane Thupana
2. Mr Ashraf Mohamed Adam
3. Ms Isobel Konyn

 New Levels of Competence Expected From Municipal Managers

What to expect following the launch of the Local Government Regulations on the Appointment and Conditions of Employment of Municipal Managers and Senior Managers directly accountable to Municipal Managers?


It seems to have been a long time coming, but finally, it’s here. Following the amendment of the Municipal Systems Act in 2011, regulations providing for the appointment and conditions of employment for senior managers in municipalities was published in the Government Gazette on 17 January 2013.


The Regulations provide for senior managers (those entrusted with the responsibility of managing municipalities) to have the relevant skills, competencies, expertise and qualifications before they are appointed into such positions.


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