Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Gauteng Department Budget for 2015-16


The vision of the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs is: Sustainable, viable local government, traditional councils and communities in Gauteng


To coordinate the effective functioning of local government, promote integrated development planning and deepen participatory democracy in order to accelerate service delivery.

Core fuctions

The mandate of the department highlights cooperative governance, this is essential for integrated development, the department provides support and monitors municipalities and tribal authorities by:

  • Monitoring the municipalities and traditional authorities development and performance;

  • Supporting local authorities where there are capacity constraints;

  • Promoting capacity development in a systematic manner; to ensure that municipalities are able to manage their own affairs;

  • Advising, commenting on and approving Integrated Development Plans (IDP’s);

  • Providing key support services to municipalities in implementing the Municipal Finance Management Act, No.56 of 2003 (MFMA) and supporting Community Development Workers (CDW’s);

  • Intervening where local authorities fail to perform their designated functions and mandates; and
  • Strengthening the functioning of Municipal Public Accounts Committees

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