Local Government Bulletin - Volume 11, Issue 1, 2009
Volume 11, Issue 1, 2009
Author Nico SteytlerSource: Local Government Bulletin 11 (2009)More Less
It has been reported in the press that the Independent Ratepayers Association in Ekurhuleni, on the basis of this decision, is asking for a court order forcing the 100 councillors of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality who approved R10,8 million for the legal fees of their former police chief, Robert McBride, to personally pay the fees. The case involves drunken driving charges. The association claims that the approval of that amount was in direct violation of the Municipal Finance Management Act.
Author Jaap De VisserSource: Local Government Bulletin 11, pp 5 –7 (2009)More Less
This judgment deals with the appointment of a municipal manager in a district municipality. It contains the strongest signal yet that the law condemns the practice of appointing municipal managers on the basis of political affiliation rather than suitability for the post.
Author Clive KeeganSource: Local Government Bulletin 11 (2009)More Less
While by-elections are seldom a useful indicator of political trends, the emergence of the Congress of the People (COPE) and the political circumstances in which it fought a round of by-elections in December and January did offer an early opportunity to assess the fledgling party's electoral prospects.
Author Kate TissingtonSource: Local Government Bulletin 11, pp 9 –11 (2009)More Less
South Africa has one of the most progressive legislative and policy frameworks for water services in the world, which includes a constitutional right of access to water and a national free basic water (FBW) policy. Within this framework, water is conceived of as a social good and a vital part of poverty alleviation within the broader developmental mandate of government.
Source: Local Government Bulletin 11, pp 12 –16 (2009)More Less
This article seeks to explore first what gender is, and then how gender, HIV and poverty are interlinked. In doing so, we look at the role of local government in addressing gender issues and the tools that have been developed to guide municipalities in fulfilling this role.
Source: Local Government Bulletin 11 (2009)More Less
The law on local government is complex and legal advice is expensive, but subscribers to the Bulletin have access to a free telephonic legal advice service.To qualify for free legal advice a question should relate to the content of the Bulletin or to the framework legislation for local government, i.e. the Municipal Demarcation Act, Municipal Structures Act, Municipal Systems Act, Property Rates Act or Municipal Finance Management Act. The advice is not a full legal opinion. It is verbal advice, or, if necessary, a short letter of up to 500 words.
Author Annette MaySource: Local Government Bulletin 11, pp 18 –21 (2009)More Less
When first confronted by the facts of the case in The Municipality of the City of Cape Town v Reader and Others, one is tempted to think that it is yet another judgment dealing with the notorious question of whether property owners have a 'right to a view'. This is especially true as the facts bear a striking similarity to earlier judgments that have dealt with this issue. This judgment, however, stops short of deciding whether the applicants are in fact entitled to 'a view'. It deals rather with the question of whether the appeal procedures set out in section 62 of the Municipal Systems Act afford interested third parties (very often neighbours) affected by the planning decisions of a municipality an adequate platform from which to appeal those decisions.
Author Phoebe BoltonSource: Local Government Bulletin 11, pp 22 –24 (2009)More Less
There are a number of legislative grounds upon which a municipal manager may reject a tender bid. One such ground is provided in the Municipal Supply Chain Management Regulations. Regulation 38(1) provides that a municipality's supply chain management policy must provide measures for combating abuse of the supply chain management system.
Author Riel FranzsenSource: Local Government Bulletin 11, pp 25 –28 (2009)More Less