Volume 6, Issue 3, July 2004

Phasing in the Municipal Finance Management Act.

The Municipal Finance Management Act which was adopted by Parliament on 26 November 2003, took effect on 1 July 2004. It seeks to modernise and improve financial governance in all municipalities. Together with the Municipal Systems Act, it clarifies the roles and responsibilities of executives and non-executives councillors and officials, modernise budgeting and financial management practices and improves governance over municipal entities.

Setting Service Delivery Targets.

During the past two months, the newly elected government has emphasised the important role that local government must play in meeting the challenges of economic development and poverty alleviation.

Dissolution of the Lekwa Teemane Council.

On 21 January 2004 the Provincial Executive of the North West approved a resolution to dissolve the Lekwa Teemane Local Council in terms of section 139 (1) (c) of the Constitution.

Ward Delimitations for the 2005/2006 Local Elections

South Africa is gearing up for the next local elections, which are to be held between December 2005 and March 2006. It is expected that the election date will be announced by the Minister of Provincial and Local Government in the second half of 2005.

From the Courts: Property Rates on Agricultural Land

The issue before the Court in Boshoff v Nkwetana Munisipaliteit 1935/2003 FS was whether the municipality had the authority to levy rates on agricultural land and whether it followed the correct procedure in doing so.

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