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Volume 14, Issue 4, 2012
Source: Local Government Bulletin 14 (2012)More Less
The competency regulations are National Treasury's attempt to professionalise municipal administration. Of course, it is right in pursuing this goal. However, it now appears that it risks achieving the exact opposite in a large number of cases. The article on page 3 indicates that not all affected officials will meet the regulations' requirements come 1 January 2013. The reasons for this are many and often not attributable to the individuals involved. However, their legal status will depend on the implementation of a Treasury circular and will be decidedly unclear.
Author Phindile NtliziywanaSource: Local Government Bulletin 14, pp 3 –6 (2012)More Less
On 15 June 2007, the National Treasury promulgated the Municipal Regulations on Minimum Competency Levels for financial and supply-chain management officials in municipalities. The Regulations prescribe minimum competency levels for these officials and give a five-year period of grace for them to be met. Although the Regulations came into effect on 1 July 2007, the five-year period only kicked off in earnest on1 January 2008 and is due to end on 31 December 2012(see LGB 13(4) pp 16â??18) and LGB 14(2) pp 4â??5).
Proposals on municipal capacity building : doing things differently or re-packaging past initiatives?Author Tania AjamSource: Local Government Bulletin 14, pp 6 –10 (2012)More Less
It is common cause that there are huge economic disparities and differences in municipalities' social, demographic and spatial profiles, which are inevitably also reflected in their financial profiles. These contextual structural factors external to municipalities also tend to be correlated with, and compoundedby, institutional internal weaknesses such as poor governance and accountability, ineffective financial management and outright corruption, high vacancy rates in key senior-management posts, technical skills shortages such as in engineering, poor planning skills, ineffective internal controls etc.
Author Jugal MahabirSource: Local Government Bulletin 14, pp 13 –14 (2012)More Less
In late 2010, a task team was established to review the Local Government Equitable Share (LGES) formula, i.e. the mechanism used to distribute local government's share of nationally raised revenues in terms of Sections 214 and 227 of the Constitution (Act 108 of 1996). The task team consisted of officials from the National Treasury, Department of Cooperative Governance and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) supported by the secretariat of the Financial and Fiscal Commission and Statistics South Africa.
Source: Local Government Bulletin 14, pp 14 –16 (2012)More Less
It has been more than three years since the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) has launched its 'Operation Clean Audit 2014'. The Operation aims to avert any disclaimer or an adverse opinion in municipalities' audit reports by the end of 2011.