local Governance
Local Governance
 
The Local Governance Programme seeks to strengthen the developmental state by enhancing participatory governance and institutional stability as well as building the capacity and capability of local government to achieve its constitutional mandate.  The goal of the programme is to promote and facilitate viable and sustainable local governance.
 
The Local Governance Programme comprised sub-programmes such as Governance and Intergovernmental Relations (IGR); Policy and Research; Municipal Finance Support; Municipal Institutional Support (Capacity Development); Municipal Performance Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation (Finance) and Municipal Performance Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation (Service Delivery) to accomplish its objectives.
 
The objectives to be achieved under this programme include the following:
 
  • To provide management and support services to local government within the regulatory framework;
  • Monitor and support municipalities to ensure financially viable and sustainable municipalities in accordance with applicable Acts;
  • To deepen democracy by promoting community participation through appropriate structures, processes and systems and facilitating access to government services.
  • To coordinate, support and monitor capacity building initiatives;
o    To improve municipal performance through enhanced monitoring, reporting and evaluation;
o    To improve the image of local government;
o    Implement a differentiated approach to local government in Gauteng;
o    Monitor and support  legislative compliance;
o    Establish and support Viable and accountable governance structures;    
o    Intergovernmental and stakeholder relations -  improved integration and planning;
o    Facilitate devolution of powers and functions to ensure stable Local Governance;
o    Improved public participation; 
o    Appropriated  finance model for local government to promote sustainability and viability;
o    Anti-corruption enforcement;
o    Urban management and Planning (built environment);
o    Building capacity and capability towards professionalising local government;
o    Policy development towards differentiated approach – social inclusivity;
o    Enhance participatory governance through CDW programmes;
o    Facilitate access to basic services for poor communities and to
o    Facilitate access to information.
 
The overall performance report of this programme can be accessed on the Department’s Annual Report.
 
Contact Programme Officials on: 011 355 4884
 
Development Planning
This programme seeks to coordinate, facilitate and promote integrated development and planning in municipalities to ensure that a variety of services are delivered in an integrated and sustainable manner. The programme supports municipalities to create an enabling environment for economic growth development and planning process for improved access to basic services. Furthermore:
 
o   The programme facilitates and coordinates processes towards ensuring the municipal IDPs are credible, implementable, and aligned to national and provincial outcomes, plans and strategies. 
o   It ensures strategic management of provincial land for economic and social purposes.
o   Coordination and support is provided for the implementation of the National Disaster Management Act and framework to ensure the effective management of disaster at National, provincial and local level within this programme. 
o   It ensures the accelerated delivery of municipal basic service and infrastructure delivery to meet national targets.
o   Coordination and support is provided for the implementation of the National Disaster Management Act, Fire Brigade Services Act and Disaster Management Framework to ensure the effective management of disaster at National, provincial and local level within this programme. 
o   In addition, it also ensures the accelerated delivery of municipal basic service and infrastructure delivery to meet national targets.
o   Facilitate integrated urban management and planning
o   Improved integration and planning,
o   Increase community base planning
 
The overall performance report of this programme can be accessed on the Department’s Annual Report.
 
Contact Programme Officials on: 011 355 4000
 
Traditional Institutional Management
The purpose of the programme is to promote, facilitate viable and sustainable traditional institutions through supporting and enhancing the capacity of traditional leadership and local governance institutions. The key performance areas are: Traditional Institutional Administration, Traditional Resource Administration, Rural Development Facilitation and Traditional Land Administration.
 
The overall performance report of this programme can be accessed on the Department’s Annual Report.
 
Contact Programme Officials on: 011 355 5047/5394