Local Government Bulletin - Volume 7, Issue 4, 2005
Volume 7, Issue 4, 2005
Author Nico SteytlerSource: Local Government Bulletin 7, pp 1 –3 (2005)More Less
Cross-boundary municipalities are set to disappear on the date of the forthcoming local government election. On that date, provincial borders will be determined by district and metropolitan municipal boundaries and the current cross-boundary municipalities will be incorporated in one or other province. Five provinces are affected by the disappearance of 16 cross-border municipalities. In addition, there will be a shift of municipalities between KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.
Author Achmat ToefySource: Local Government Bulletin 7, pp 4 –5 (2005)More Less
Property rates are an important source of revenue for municipalities and this is reflected in the preamble to the Property Rates Act of 2004 (the Act): "there is a need to provide local government with access to a sufficient and buoyant source of revenue necessary to fulfil its developmental objectives". At the same time, however, a municipality's financial health should not be attained at the unjustifiable expense of the poor within its area. The power to impose rates should take into account the imbalances of the past and the burden of rates on the poor.
Source: Local Government Bulletin 7, pp 7 –9 (2005)More Less
The powers and functions of local government are listed in Schedules 4B and 5B of the Constitution. The Schedules list functional areas without detailed definitions of each area. There is a considerable overlap between local government functional areas and those of provincial government, listed in Schedules 4A and 5A. Due to this, there is a degree of confusion about who does what. A lack of clarity about role definition may prejudice service delivery and cause conflict over resources and authority.
Source: Local Government Bulletin 7, pp 9 –16 (2005)More Less
Extracted from text ... Making headlines The Intergovernmental Relations Act 13 of 2005 was signed into law by the President on 10 August and took effect on 15 August 2005. The implementation of the Act brings a long process of consultation and drafting to a close. The next step is the implementation of the Act. For local government, the following must occur. At provincial level, the Premier must establish a Premier's Coordinating Forum, consisting of the Premier and some members of the Executive Council, the mayors of metropolitan and district municipalities and a representative of Salga in the province. At district level, the district and local municipalities must convene a district intergovernmental forum. In both cases, a protocol must ..
Author Lehlohonolo Kennedy MahlatsiSource: Local Government Bulletin 7, pp 10 –12 (2005)More Less
Each municipality classified as high capacity in terms of the Municipal Finance Management Act 56 of 2003 (MFMA) is required to compile a service delivery and budget implementation plan (SDBIP). The SDBIP is a management, implementation and monitoring tool that will assist the mayor, municipal manager, councillors, senior managers and the community with realising the municipality's strategic objectives as outlined in the Integrated Development Plan (IDP).
Source: Local Government Bulletin 7 (2005)More Less
Extracted from text ... LOCAL GOVERNMENT BULLETIN 13 Invitation Second Local Government Conference The second decade of local government democracy in South Africa: Towards accelerated service delivery The Democracy De Development elopment Pr Programme, ogramme, in par partner tner tnership ship with the Sc School hool of Public Administration dministration and De Development elopment Management of the Univ Univer er ersity sity of Kw KwaZulu-aZulu-Natal, will be hosting its second national Local Go Government ernment Conf Conference erence fr from om 5-7 Oct October ober 2005 at the Elangeni Ho Hotel el in Durban Durban. Giv Given en the gr growing wing emphasis on local go government ernment as a locus f for or ..
Author Reuben BaatjiesSource: Local Government Bulletin 7, pp 14 –15 (2005)More Less