The vision of the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) is: People centred sustainable co-operative governance.
The department’s mission statement is: “The department will co-ordinate and foster co-operation among governance institutions and build capacity to accelerate delivery of high quality services to communities”.
The mandate of the department is as follows:
To co-ordinate all organs of state to ensure maximum impact.
Improved internal and external co-operation and outcomes based IGR structures.
Ensure single window of co-ordination and regulation of national, provincial and local government.
In essence, the department’s mandate at the centre of integrated development has the following functions:
Co-ordination, both vertically and horizontally, and doing away with the silo approach across the province.
The key area of focus is planning. The department is repositioned as a critical ally of the Planning Commission to align planning across the three spheres of government, by strengthening Integrated Development Plans (IDPs).
Ensuring the alignment of priorities of both national and provincial departments implemented in a local space in the municipal IDPs.
Ensure that IDP encapsulates the provincial priorities and budget in a co-ordinated manner.
Enhance the IGR framework support integration (IGR framework to be reviewed and strengthened).
Ensure seamless service delivery in a co-ordinated manner supported by emerging legislated processes.
Put development planning at the centre stage.
Put people at the centre of development.
The department will continue to support and ensure that there is alignment between the national, provincial, and local government priorities. Working together with different stakeholders in the province and countrywide, the department is committed to contributing toward realisation and achievement of government’s priorities as spelt out in the MTSF.
The Estimates of Provincial Revenue and Expenditure (EPRE) sets out the detailed spending plans of each government department for the coming year.
National Treasury, departments and commitees are busy with different things depending on the time of year: