n Journal of Public Administration - Functionality of local government intergovernmental relations forums with specific references to district intergovernmental relations forums
|Article Title||Functionality of local government intergovernmental relations forums with specific references to district intergovernmental relations forums|
|© Publisher:||South African Association of Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM)|
|Journal||Journal of Public Administration|
|Affiliations||1 Central University of Technology|
|Publication Date||Dec 2015|
|Pages||841 - 853|
The Intergovernmental Relations Framework Act 3 (IRFA) of 2005 provides a framework for the national, provincial and local government spheres and all organs of state to facilitate coordination in the implementation of national policies and legislation, including the effective provision of services, and the achievement of strategic national priorities. As a result, numerous intergovernmental relations forums were established as required by the IRFA. However, the functionality of the intergovernmental relations forums raised concerns specifically at provincial and local spheres. Poor coordination between spheres of government creates the incapacity to implement national priorities and, consequently, leads to failure of the delivery of basic services. The question could rightfully be asked whether the national, provincial and local government nexus in the governance chain still promotes coordination and effective service delivery. The focus of this article is on the functionality of the intergovernmental relations system as prescribed in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa of 1996 and the Intergovernmental Relations Framework Act, 2005, with specific emphasis on district intergovernmental relations forums (District IGR Forums). The article further emphasises the current weaknesses of local government intergovernmental relations forums with specific reference to District IGR Forums. The article contains an analysis of selected literature, legislative and policy documents, review reports, surveys, intergovernmental relations audit reports and research reports, while taking a descriptive and analytical approach to provide insight into the functionality of local government intergovernmental relations forums with specific reference to District IGR Forums.
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