Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Gauteng Department Budget for 2016-17


Lead provincial department in the coordination, collaboration, and facilitation of cooperative governance in building a globally competitive and people-driven Gauteng City-Region.


In pursuit of our vision of cooperative governance, COGTA shall:

• Support, facilitate, coordinate, and regulate inter-sphere and cross-departmental integrated planning, budgeting, implementation; and

• Monitor, evaluate and report on local government performance in order to achieve an accountable, stable, efficient, effective and resilient, activist and ethical local government and empowered communities.

Core functions and responsibilities

The mandate of the department highlights cooperative governance, and is essential for integrated development. The department provides support to 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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