Local Government Bulletin - Volume 10, Issue 3, 2008
Volume 10, Issue 3, 2008
Source: Local Government Bulletin 10 (2008)More Less
The violence that ripped through South Africa has left many gasping in disbelief at the horrid scenes of brutality, mayhem and displacement that were shown around the country and, indeed, the world. Governments and civil society are looking for explanations and answers.
Source: Local Government Bulletin 10, pp 4 –7 (2008)More Less
The recent electricity hikes have affected everyone from government to the private sector, and not least of all, the ordinary man on the street. As organs of state, municipalities, Eskom, the National Energy Regulator (NERSA) and the Minister of Finance may not act outside of the law. This article raises concerns about the legality of the electricity increases and the implications it has for local government.
Source: Local Government Bulletin 10, pp 8 –10 (2008)More Less
Parliament has nearly completed its work on the Local Government Laws Amendment Bill which was tabled towards the end of 2007. Many of its provisions are technical in nature and serve to clarify local government laws. However, some provisions are very important from a policy perspective. The most significant changes are discussed here.
Source: Local Government Bulletin 10, pp 12 –13 (2008)More Less
The Department of Land Affairs has tabled the long awaited Land Use Management Bill, No. 27 of 2008 (the Bill). The Bill, scheduled to be passed this year, attempts to give effect to the 2001 White Paper on Spatial Planning and Land Use Management by establishing a coherent regulatory framework for land use management across the country. It is designed to clarify land use management roles among different spheres of government and establish a uniform structure and set of principles for reviewing and deciding development applications.
Source: Local Government Bulletin 10, pp 14 –15 (2008)More Less
The Department of Provincial and Local Government (DPLG) recently announced draft Guidelines for Implementing Multilingualism in Local Government.
Multilingualism refers to "the ability of societies, institutions, groups and individuals to engage on a regular basis, with more than one language in their day-to-day lives".
Source: Local Government Bulletin 10, pp 16 –19 (2008)More Less
Despite their potential to advise, support and strengthen local government in its response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic, many local and district AIDS councils are struggling to fulfill this role. This article reflects on a recent event, aimed at looking at the effectiveness of AIDS councils and ways of strengthening their performance. It is also a follow-up to the article on AIDS councils in the August 2007 issue of the Bulletin.
Author Reuben BaatjiesSource: Local Government Bulletin 10, pp 20 –21 (2008)More Less
Section 56 of the Municipal Structures Act provides that the executive mayor is obliged to perform duties and exercise such powers as the council may delegate in terms of section 59 of the Municipal Systems Act (the Systems Act). Section 55 of the Systems Act deals with the obligations of municipal managers and provides that the municipal manager is accountable only to the municipal council.
Author Pius LangaSource: Local Government Bulletin 10, pp 23 –24 (2008)More Less
In the last decade we have seen a shift in the way local government is conceived - socially, politically and in the legal context. The changed status of local government has been evident in the courts and the increased judicial scrutiny of the activities by the institutions of local government.