Volume 7, Issue 2, May 2005

Local Government Capacity 2004: Municipal Demarcation Board's National Report.
Author: Professor Nico Steytler
The Municipal Demarcation Board has released its 2004/2005 local government capacity assessment report. It showed a steady increase in both the range and level of services provided by local and district municipalities.
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Budget Meetings Behind Closed Doors? Interpreting the Systems Act on Public Access to Meetings.
Author: Jaap de Visser
Can mayoral committees and executive committees hold meetings behind closed doors about critical issues like draft by-laws or draft budgets? Does section 20 of the Systems Act allow the public access to all meetings of council and mayoral committees? This article discusses this issue and postulates a proper interpretation of the meaning of section 20.
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Johannesburg's Special Cases Policy: A New Start For the Indigent.
Author: Christopher Mbazira
On 4 May 2005 the City of Johannesburg started registering beneficiaries under the Special Cases Policy of 2004. The main purpose of the policy is to write off municipal services debts owed by indigent people and to provide subsidisation of basic services for identified classes of people.
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KwaZulu-Natal's New Premier Co-ordinating Forum
Author: Prof Nico Steytler
On 19 April 2005, a new intergovernmental forum was launched for the provincial government and municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal. The Forum reflects the structure and spirit of the Intergovernmental Relations Framework Bill of 2005 currently before Parliament. This article discusses the objects, composition, functions, and functioning of the forum.
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President's Co-ordinating Council Meets.
Author: Reuben Baatjies
The President's Co-ordinating Council is a consultative forum for the President to raise matters of national interest with Premiers and organised local government on the implementation of national policy and legislation in provinces and municipalities. This article discusses the role of the forum with a specific focus on Project Consolidate.
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Service Delivery Agreements: Who Reads Them?
Author: Victoria Johnson
Who can own up to having read a standard service delivery agreement from start to finish and having understood it all? Very few people, i imagine. In the main, service delivery agreements are notoriously long, complex and wordy and are usually filled with legalese. They make little attempt to help the reader gain a meaningful understanding of the basic terms governing the contracting parties relationship. In short, they are inaccessible to the ordinary reader.
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The New Municipal PPP Regulations.
Author: Kate Reynolds
Regulations governing public/private partnerships in the local government sphere came into effect on 1 April 2005. Section 120 of the Municipal Finance Management Act also regulates PPP's and the new PPP regulations have the effect of elaborating or expanding on some of the concepts introduced in section 120.
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