Local Government Bulletin - Volume 14, Issue 2, 2012
Volume 14, Issue 2, 2012
Source: Local Government Bulletin 14, pp 2 –3 (2012)More Less
2012 is fast becoming a watershed in the development of a land-use planning framework for South Africa. Just before the beginning of the year, the National Development Plan devoted the better part of its chapter on human settlements to the need to reform the way in which the three spheres of government conduct spatial planning and development management. Indeed, the importance of an improved legal framework for land-use planning cannot be overstated. Without an effective planning framework, it will be hard to address the apartheid spatial patterns that still dominate the urban scenery. Furthermore, the success of the multi-billion Rand national infrastructure projects, announced by the President in the 2012 State of the Nation address, will depend on an improved planning framework. It will also be hard, if not impossible, to buck the trend of low-cost housing being relegated to the periphery of cities and towns. In addition, government's ability to unlock the social value of land and property by making measured interventions into the property market requires the backing of a changed legal framework. Nor will it be possible to avoid further droughts, coastal erosion and many of the other pernicious effects of climate change without a land-use planning system that mitigates and adapts to climate change. The conservation of our rich biodiversity and tourism potential also requires a better planning framework.
Source: Local Government Bulletin 14, pp 4 –5 (2012)More Less
Source: Local Government Bulletin 14, pp 6 –8 (2012)More Less
The Department of Co-operative Governance (DCoG) is developing regulations in terms of the amended Municipal Systems Act. These give further effect to the Local Government Turnaround Strategy which recommended the professionalisation of local government by, among other things, appointing qualified and skilled personnel.
Author Jaap De VisserSource: Local Government Bulletin 14, pp 9 –12 (2012)More Less
The Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform has introduced the Spatial Planning and Land-Use Management Bill (SPLUMB) (14 of 2012) in Parliament. The Bill, which is likely to be fast-tracked, will have very serious consequences for local government. It aims to confirm, but also regulate the role of municipalities in land-use planning and land-use management. This article provides a very brief overview of the Bill's main features.
Author Annette MaySource: Local Government Bulletin 14, pp 13 –14 (2012)More Less
While service delivery is one of the most important functions of local government, the Municipal Systems Act and case law make it clear that the duty to collect revenue and service fees is equally important to ensure the financial and environmental sustainability of service delivery.
Author Jugal MahabirSource: Local Government Bulletin 14, pp 15 –16 (2012)More Less
Source: Local Government Bulletin 14, pp 18 –19 (2012)More Less
The Local Government: Municipal Systems Amendment Act, 7 of 2011 (the amended Systems Act) sought to put a halt to the phenomenon of staffing municipalities with unqualified people, thereby ensuring that skilled people are appointed. Its provisions were put to the test in a recent judgment by the Western Cape High Court.
Source: Local Government Bulletin 14 (2012)More Less
The Community Law Centre at the University of the Western Cape offers a highly competitive full-time Masters Programme on local government and decentralisation in South Africa and the rest of Africa. The programme is offered in the 2013 academic year. Successful students will be awarded an LLM or an MPhil from the University of the Western Cape.