Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Free State Department Budget for 2016-17


Integrated and responsive governance towards sustainable development and service delivery


The Department strives to strengthen cooperative governance and support municipalities and Traditional Leadership through:

  • Integrated Planning and Development
  • Partnerships
  • Research
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

Main services

  • To oversee and co-ordinate the establishment, monitoring, regulating, strengthening, supporting and capacitating of municipalities in terms of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

  • To monitor, evaluate and provide feedback on the financial performance of District and Local Municipalities.

  • To monitor, evaluate and provide feedback to District and Local Municipalities towards compliance with key pieces of Local Government finance related legislation and regulations.

  • To mobilise resources, expertise and support programs towards enhancing the financial management and overall financial position of District and Local Municipalities.

  • To ensure public accountability and transparency on Local Government level.

  • To integrate and coordinate disaster management policy

  • To prevent and/or reduce the risk of disasters

  • To mitigate the severity of disasters

  • To ensure that emergency preparedness is rapid and to render effective response to disasters and post disaster recovery

  • To render professional advice regarding the physical and spatial elements of land development

  • To manage the process of integrated development planning by municipalities

  • To ensure safe, salubrious, economic and environmentally friendly development

  • To submit all applications for land development and land use changes to the Townships Board for consideration and in turn submit the recommendations of the Townships Board to the MEC

  • To ensure the upgrading of land tenure rights in the Free State, conduct investigations and lodge deeds of transfer in terms of the Conversion of Certain Rights into Leasehold or Ownership Act, 1988 (Act 81/1988)

  • To facilitate the opening of township registers as well as assisting municipalities and to access available state land for developmental purposes

  • To oversee and co-ordinate the establishment, monitoring, regulating, strengthening, supporting and capacitating of traditional leadership in terms of the Constitution

  • To advise Government on matters pertaining to traditional leadership

  • To investigate matters referred to the House and take remedial action

  • To promote the institution of traditional leadership

  • To build the capacity of traditional leadership

  • To monitor the performance of traditional leadership

  • To provide Secretariat support service to traditional leadership

  • To conduct anthropological research on traditional leadership and develop archives (database)

  • To support traditional leadership through mobilizing resources, expertise and development and support programmes and monitor the extent to which traditional leadership complies with legislation.

Budget Analysis for Advancing Socioeconomic Rights
Data by Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute
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