Local Government Bulletin - Volume 11, Issue 3, 2009
Volume 11, Issue 3, 2009
Source: Local Government Bulletin 11, pp 4 –5 (2009)More Less
At the Local Government Bulletin's tenth anniversary conference, Mr Elroy Africa, the acting director-general of the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, outlined the vision of the ministry and the department in the short and long term, emphasising the need to improve the quality of governance and service delivery by local government.
Source: Local Government Bulletin 11, pp 5 –6 (2009)More Less
On 23 July the Community Law Centre celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Local Government Bulletin. The importance of the Bulletin was reflected in the wide range of stakeholders who attended the celebratory conference. They included several representatives of the Bulletin's target audience - councillors from municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, the North West, the Free State, Mpumalanga and the Western Cape. Salga, our partner since the inception of the Bulletin, was also well represented. There were members of the provincial legislatures of Gauteng and the Western Cape, and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and the provincial departments of local government in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape were represented by officials. Also present were members of the Financial and Fiscal Commission and the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB).
Launch of the book Local Government and Metropolitan Regions in Federal Systems South Africa's Local Government in comparative perspectiveSource: Local Government Bulletin 11, pp 7 –8 (2009)More Less
Author David SavageSource: Local Government Bulletin 11, pp 8 –12 (2009)More Less
Municipalities have already passed their budgets for the 2009/10 municipal financial year, and are beginning to finalise financial statements for 2008/09. Both of these processes are driving home to managers and councillors the impact of the global economic crisis on their own operations.
Author Nico SteytlerSource: Local Government Bulletin 11, pp 13 –15 (2009)More Less
Attaching the assets of bad debtors is one of the few remedies that creditors can rely on when approaching a court to enforce their rights. Municipalities, in as much as they vary in needs and efficiency of service delivery, also have varying credit records. While some battle with credit control and debt-collection from their constituents, others have developed reputations for being notoriously bad debtors.
Author Yonatan FesshaSource: Local Government Bulletin 11, pp 16 –18 (2009)More Less
The long-awaited National Land Transport Act was signed into effect by the President on 3 April 2009. It deals comprehensively with all aspects of transport, including the provision, regulation and funding of public transport and the taxi industry. It is the product of numerous efforts over the past decade to outline each sphere of government's responsibilities. Importantly, it envisages a significant role for municipalities.
Author Valma HendricksSource: 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.
Source: Local Government Bulletin 11, pp 20 –24 (2009)More Less
In June 2009, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) released its third national HIV prevalence survey. The survey presents a contrasting picture of the epidemic in South Africa: it seems that new infections are going down, but one in five South Africans between 15 and 49 years old is HIV-positive. The prevalence differs across South Africa's provinces, with the highest prevalence in KwaZulu-Natal (15.8%) and Mpumalanga (15.4%).