Local Government Bulletin - Volume 12, Issue 3, 2010
Volume 12, Issue 3, 2010
Author Jaap De VisserSource: Local Government Bulletin 12 (2010)More Less
The 'toilet war' which was recently waged in the City of Cape Town has raised a number of important issues that not only affect the parties to the dispute but raise vital questions for local government across the board. On pages 5-7, we try to trace the facts that gave rise to this dispute and which attracted both local and international media attention. While much of this attention has been focussed on the political nuances of the dispute, there are some key lessons for municipalities which face similar challenges.
Source: Local Government Bulletin 12, pp 5 –7 (2010)More Less
The City of Cape Town built unenclosed toilets in Makhaza, an informal settlement in Ward 95 of Khayelitsha. It did so on the understanding that the community would erect their own enclosures. This led to a public outcry, protests by the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), an investigation by the Human Rights Commission and even a court challenge. The media has dubbed the dispute 'the toilet war'.
Source: Local Government Bulletin 12, pp 8 –10 (2010)More Less
The Centre for Policy Studies recently completed a study on the role of elected local councillors, particularly ward councillors, in service delivery in South Africa. Currently the public do not see local councillors playing an active role in service delivery. Much of the commentary on service delivery protests appears to focus on the role of municipal technocrats and administrators, as well as contracted service providers. However, we neglect the role of councillors at our peril, given the importance of local political leaders in shaping citizen perceptions of the efficacy of local institutions of government in meeting their needs. Also, local political leaders have an important role to play in mediating state-citizen relationships around issues of quality of local governance. This is especially important in the context of the recent spate of municipal service delivery failures, which have led to public protests across the country.
Source: Local Government Bulletin 12 (2010)More Less
The Legal Resources Centre (LRC), in conjunction with the Trust for Community Outreach and Education (TCOE), has produced a booklet on municipal commonages. As not much has been written on the subject in South Africa, it aims to educate the public on what municipal commonages are, their history and how to go about acquiring municipal commonage through state funds.
Source: Local Government Bulletin 12, pp 15 –17 (2010)More Less
The national Social Housing Policy provides a number of opportunities for municipalities to become involved in, or even become the drivers of, social housing projects aimed at providing rental or cooperative housing options for low-income persons. While some of the bigger municipalities, particularly the metros, have used these opportunities, the question remains : how do smaller to medium-sized municipalities become involved in these projects?
Author Phoebe BoltonSource: Local Government Bulletin 12, pp 18 –19 (2010)More Less
Section 62 of the Municipal Systems Act provides that any person 'whose rights are affected by a decision taken by a political structure, political office bearer, councillor or staff member of a municipality in terms of a power or duty delegated or sub-delegated by a delegating authority to the political structure, political office bearer, councillor or staff member, may appeal against that decision by giving written notice of the appeal and reasons to the municipal manager within 21 days of the date of the notification of the decision'.
Author Zandile MavundlaSource: Local Government Bulletin 12, pp 20 –22 (2010)More Less
Author Conrad BosireSource: Local Government Bulletin 12, pp 23 –25 (2010)More Less
Local government is increasingly being recognised internationally as the ideal vehicle to deepen democracy and facilitate the realisation of citizens' rights. This is evident in the United Nations International Guidelines on Decentralisation and the Strengthening of Local Authorities, as well as the practices of institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.