n Local Government Bulletin - Defining local government powers : the need for guidelines

Volume 7, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1561-901X



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.

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