Seminar on Coalition governments: What are the options for law reform at municipal level? [8 November 2023]

The Dullah Omar Institute, in collaboration with the Hanns Seidel Foundation invites you to a hybrid seminar on Coalition governments: What are the options for law reform at municipal level?
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  • When 08 Nov, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM (Africa/Johannesburg / UTC200)
  • Where Hybrid: Kader Asmal Moot Court, Law Faculty and Zoom
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In August 2023, the Deputy-President, in partnership with the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and its Dullah Omar Institute, hosted a National Dialogue on Coalition Governments at the University of the Western Cape. The Dialogue sought to lay a foundation for the development of a National Framework on Coalition Governments in South Africa, and, during its deliberations, many questions and issues emerged.

There was broad agreement that radical legal reform is not the key to stable coalitions, but that a careful consideration of the legal framework is called for.

At this hybrid seminar we will take that part of the discussion forward and focus on two issues, namely (1) what are the options for thresholds at municipal level? and (2) how to ensure that municipal service delivery continues when there is instability? Furthermore, we will compare notes with Spain, and learn from its experience with coalition governments at municipal level.


  • Prof Jaap de Visser: National Research Chair in Multilevel Government, Law & Development, Dullah Omar Institute
  • Prof Tinashe Chigwata: Multilevel Government Project, Dullah Omar Institute
  • Prof Carmen Navarro: Department of Political Science, University of Madrid, Spain
  • Dr Kevin Naidoo & Wayne McComans: Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
  • Mr Anton Groenewald: Municipal Manager, Midvaal Local Municipality
  • Ms Chelsea Ndlovu-Nachamba: Information and Resource Coordinator, Planact

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