Local Government Bulletin - Volume 7, Issue 1, 2005
Volume 7, Issue 1, 2005
Author Nico SteytlerSource: Local Government Bulletin 7, pp 1 –4 (2005)More Less
Author Jaap De VisserSource: Local Government Bulletin 7, pp 7 –10 (2005)More Less
Section 139 of the onstitution permits a provincial government to intervene in the affairs of a municipality under certain specified circumstances of non-performance. Such an intervention has serious consequences for the municipal council's authority to govern. In 2003, provincial government's intervention powers were increased significantly (see LG Bulletin 2003(2) 5-7). Most importantly, the revised wording allows for the dissolution of a council and for interventions in the event of so-called 'financial emergencies'.
Author Victoria JohnsonSource: Local Government Bulletin 7, pp 10 –11 (2005)More Less
Many municipalities are choosing to outsource service delivery for services such as water and waste management. The 'drivers' typically used to justify an outsourcing initiative include introducing capital investment, achieving value for money, appropriate risk transfer, greater efficiency and skills transfer. Some common dangers with outsourcing services include a potential loss of accountability, asset protection, threats to continuity of service provision and so on.
Source: Local Government Bulletin 7, pp 12 –13 (2005)More Less
A recent judgment by the Constitutional Court clarifies the powers, duties and status of municipalities and pronounces, positively, on the powers of municipalities to impose property rates. This case is a significant victory for municipalities in their efforts to value property and levy property rates.
Source: Local Government Bulletin 7, pp 13 –14 (2005)More Less
Author Reuben BaatjiesSource: Local Government Bulletin 7, pp 15 –16 (2005)More Less
In terms of section 6 of the Prevention of Illegal Eviction and Unlawful Occupation of Land Act 19 of 1998 (PIE), an organ of state may institute proceedings for the eviction of unlawful occupiers of land within its jurisdiction. This case highlights the fact that courts are reluctant to order the eviction of unlawful occupiers of land if they are not satisfied that all reasonable steps were taken by a municipality to get an agreed, mediated solution before seeking an eviction order.
Source: Local Government Bulletin 7 (2005)More Less
On 27 January 2005 the Local Government Project of the Community Law Centre at UWC hosted a book launch for Jaap de Visser's Developmental Local Government - A Case Study of South Africa. The author was a local government researcher at the Community Law Centre from 1999 to 2002 and is currently a lecturer at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.