This Bulletin deals with the looming National Treasury deadline for municipal officials to obtain critical skills and competencies. It assesses progress on this, using the Municipal Demarcation Board's 2012 capacity assessment. It also looks at the Municipal Capacity Building initiatives as proposed by the National Development Plan-vision 2030. It then looks at the 2012 Census report, a new local government equitable share formula and a barometer of municipal audit outcomes for the past five years.
Service delivery protests are becoming more frequent, widespread and violent. These are some of the findings of the MLGI Service Delivery Protest Barometer. This edition of the Bulletin contains a summary of some of the key trends contained in the Barometer. It also looks at the implications of the Draft Municipal Financial Misconduct Regulations. Other features include a report on a roundtable on law reform in planning which discussed some of the latest developments in planning, including SPLUMB, which is currently before parliament. A summary of the Carolina case examines the right of access to water and the intergovernmental relations which come into play in the delivery of water.
A Bulletin dealing with National Treasury's competency regulations, land use planning, disconnections, the review of the equitable share and a summary of the judgment in Allen Paulse v Oudtshoorn.
Legal and institutional measures: key requirements for effective municipal budget oversight by Samuel Thabo Khaile
In South Africa, municipal councils are accorded a legal status and authority of a deliberative legislative body. This is considered critical for the municipal council to establish appropriate structures, processes and systems for effective oversight, particularly, oversight of budget execution. However, indications are that, the current legal and institutional measures need to be strengthened to enable municipal council to exercise oversight of the budget execution.
The impact of weaknesses in the Urban Councils Act on efficient and effective service delivery in urban local councils in Zimbabwe by Last Madzivanyika
This study focuses on the impact on service provision arising from uncertainties in the UC Act. There are serious problems with the delivery of basic services in urban areas: including frequent interruptions in water supply, persistent power cuts, uncollected refuse, poor health services and dilapidated infrastructure.