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.

CoGTA Ministry Offers Technical Support to Education

On this day, the commencement of another school year, the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Ministry undertakes to work with sister national, provincial departments, Salga and municipalities to help prioritize completions and initiation of infrastructure relevant to the facilitation of proper schooling and education.

Rural roads, bridges, water and sanitation, lighting and information communication technologies are often critical interventions as examples that make a huge difference. Making education succeed is our collective responsibility, because it's a national priority. With this in mind COGTA ask community leaders to cooperate with us on this agenda, and choose appropriate tactics to advance their concerns.

 Issued by the Ministry for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

Media Enquiries:

Tsakani Baloyi

COGTA Media Liaison

Cell: 082 052 0892 

Contact a Disaster Management Centre in Your Province

The current season is vulnerable to floods, fire outbreaks and other forms of disasters. To prevent the loss of lives and property, you need to be aware of the dangers that floods and fires can cause, and how best to deal with these disasters.


The department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has compiled a list of Provincial Disaster Management Centre contact details. The telephone numbers on the list are reachable 24 hours a day.


The Municipal Systems Act

The Constitution of South Africa envisages a robust local government system, which can provide democratic and accountable government for local communities; ensure the provision of services to communities in a sustainable manner; promote social and economic development; promote a safe and healthy living environment; and encourage the involvement of communities and community organisations in the matters of local government.


The Municipal Systems Act is part of a series of legislation which aims to empower local government to fulfil its Constitutional objects. In 1998 the government issued a Local Government White Paper, which outlined a policy framework for local government.


Later that year government passed the Municipal Demarcation Act, which enabled the re-demarcation of municipal boundaries; and the Municipal Structures Act, which defined the structures of local government.


You can download the full Municipal Systems Act.

Download the 2013 Local Government Handbook

The Local Government Handbook – South Africa is an annual print publication which contains local government information sourced from various municipalities.

You can now download the 2013 The Local Government Handbook: South Africa (3rd edition).



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