South African Research Chair (SARChI) in Multilevel Government, Law and Policy offers two full-time doctoral (LLD or DPhil) bursaries, commencing in the 2017 academic year. The study may focus on South Africa’s system of cooperative government, including provincial and local government, fiscal relations, and comparative federalism.
The national government, provinces and municipalities play key roles in development and deepening of democracy. However, they face serious challenges: intergovernmental conflicts, maladministration and corruption. A key event will be the local government elections of August 2016, indicating the importance of metropolitan governments as well as the sphere of local government as a whole. This unique, full-time programme deals with the law, policy and practice of multi-level government in South Africa. It combines class room teaching with a practical internship at an institution multilevel government (including municipalities, province, Parliament).
As part of our 25th Anniversary, we collected the perspectives of a range of individuals who all have in common that they were associated with the Community Law Centre and/or with our founding Director, the late Adv Dullah Omar.
Guide and video on local government elections launched
On 20 July, Jaap de Visser addressed a seminar convened by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung to mark the launch of the book "Electing Councillors" and the video "Do you know what you are voting for? He shared the platform with Deputy Minister Andries Nel who delivered the key note address.
Jul 22, 2016
Rules for 2016 Local Elections Explained
Jaap de Visser and Nico Steytler, both professors at the Dullah Omar Institute, have written a manual entitled: “Electing Councillors - A Guide to Municipal Elections” which explains the rules for local government elections. It discusses the rules for voter registration, party registration, ward candidates and party lists. It also explains what happens on voting day, how votes are counted and how results are determined.
Jul 05, 2016
Make your Mark: do you know what you are voting for?
On 3 August, millions of voters will exercise their right to vote and decide who controls South Africa’s 257 municipalities. The stakes are high because municipalities deal with basic services and parties are competing for control of powerful cities, such as Johannesburg, Cape Town and eThekwini.
Jul 05, 2016
Prof De Visser discusses South Africa's system of provinces and municipalities at EURAC
The director of the Dullah Omar Institute, Prof Jaap de Visser gave an enlightening seminar on Multilevel government in South Africa. This took place at EURAC in Italy, where he is guest researcher for the month of July.
Jul 04, 2016