A win-win partnership

2013-09-06 00:00

CIVIL society has been transforming since the dawn of our democracy. It has had to, in order to cope with the many complexities associated with political transition. Among these have been a fluid development space, service-delivery expectations and the intricacies of the macroeconomic agenda.

Interestingly, the Municipal Systems Act (2000) sets out ways to develop the culture of community participation. It emphasises building and strengthening mechanisms and procedures for community participation. It promotes community capacity-building initiatives that empower and improve citizens to participate effectively in the affairs of the municipality. The Municipal Systems Act expects the Traditional Councils to support municipalities in facilitating community involvement, communicating community needs and recommending appropriate interventions to local government, and other spheres of government, in executing service delivery and development priorities. The Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act (2003) was enacted to provide alignment with the constitutional expectations of the role of traditional leadership and local-government legislation, by pronouncing what the specific roles and functions of the Traditional Councils are. Basically, it wanted to improve collaboration between the traditional structures and local government. Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) in this province has established a unit to facilitate collaboration between municipalities and traditional houses.

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