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SALGA Chairperson Urges Greater Unity, Renewed Vigour Ahead Of 2016 Elections - 2015-03-28 22:03:00 Chairperson of SALGA Cllr Thabo Manyoni has urged local government structures to place every effort in moving the sector forward with renewed vigour ahead of the 2016 local government elections. This was part of his closing remarks for the 2015 National Members Assembly which coincided with South Africa celebrating 15 years since the establishment of democratic local government. It was themed: “15 Years of Democratic Local Government – Going Back to Basics to Consolidate an...
President Jacob Zuma addresses SALGA Delegates during National Members Assembly - 2015-03-24 17:39:00 President Jacob Zuma says South Africa has made significant progress since the dawn of democracy. He was addressing about 1600 delegates who convened for SALGA's 2015 National Members Assembly (NMA) on Tuesday afternoon at Johannesburg. President Zuma said the release of the 2011 Census confirmed the great strides made in providing basic services. He said this upward trend is reinforced by the last report on the non-financial census of municipalities which was released on 2 Se...
SALGA holds 2015 National Members Assembly in Gauteng - 2015-03-24 17:05:00 SALGA held a National Members Assembly (NMA) from 24 to 25 March at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg.   This year’s National Members Assembly coincided with South Africa celebrating 15 years of the existence of democratic local government and takes place under the theme: “15 Years of Democratic Local Government – Consolidating and Deepening Vibrant, Developmental and People Centered Local Democracy”. President Jacob Zuma delive...
R98 billion debt owed to municipalities for water, sanitation, electricity and waste management - 2015-03-02 12:43:00 Much is said about the R4,75 billion municipalities owe Eskom, but little is said about the exorbitant R98 billion that is owed to municipalities for services such as water, sanitation, electricity, waste management.   R5, 4 billion of this debt is owed by government, representing 5.6 percent of the total outstanding debt – an amount which exceeds the R 4, 75 billion that municipalities owe Eskom.  The largest portion of the debt is owed by households which account...
SALGA voices concern over the looming shortage of burial sites in Metropolitan Municipalities - 2015-01-13 14:20:00 South Africa’s major metropolitan municipalities are grappling with the insistent issue of shortage of burial sites. Currently most municipalities have less than 50% of cemeteries that still have the capacity to accommodate more in-ground burials. Apart from this high demand for in-ground burial that has caused this, an alarming research shows that other cemeteries are located on unsuitable landscapes. SALGA as the voice of local government is concerned about the absence ...
Municipal Officials empowered with e-government skills - 2014-11-18 21:46:00 Following the Auditor General’s concern on local government’s ICT inefficiency and lack of ICT security as key impediments to sound municipal financial management and service delivery, SALGA KwaZulu Natal developed an intervention to remedy the situation by taking 25 municipal officials for an e-governance course. The course was facilitated through a partnership between SALGA KZN, Durban University of Technology (DUT), the Ikamva National e-Skills Institute (iNeSI) and the ...
SALGA Women's Commission holds a four-day National Executive Lekgotla in Mpumalanga - 2014-11-10 12:21:00 The SALGA Women Commission (SWC) held a four-day National Executive Lekgotla from the 10th till the 13th November in White River, Mpumalanga Province.    The SWC Lekgotla theme was “Celebrating 60 Years of the Women’s Charter and 20 Years of Democracy: Moving Women’s Agenda in Local Government Forward”.   Key to the SWC Lekgotla discussions was the audit of women representation and participation in local government ahead of 2016 electi...
SALGA and ESKOM sign partnership agreement - 2014-10-31 00:12:00 SALGA and ESKOM has formalised a partnership through an active partnering agreement to ensure a cooperative and collaborative working relationship.   On Thursday, 30 October 2014, SALGA and ESKOM signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Pretoria. The partnering agreement marks a significant milestone in SALGA's efforts to address service delivery challenges experienced by some municipalities, such as billing problems, the scourge of cable theft, bulk municipal...
SALGA is committed to assisting municipalities improve service delivery - 2014-10-30 23:56:00 The SALGA National Executive Committee (NEC) has committed to confront Local Government Challenges Head On.      This commitment was made during a two-day Lekgotla on 29-30 October in Pretoria were SALGA NEC members debated policy imperatives and actions needed for Local Government to improve service delivery and to more broadly achieve the objectives of the National Developmental Plan.     The NEC's discussions brought together the strategic ou...
SALGA's National Executive Committee holds a two-day Lekgotla - 2014-10-29 10:56:00 SALGA’s top leadership held its two-day National Executive Committee Lekgotla on 29-30 October in Kameeldrift East, Pretoria North.   The aim of the Lekgotla was to consider policy imperatives necessary for local government to achieve better developmental outcomes and implement the National Development Plan: Vision 2030 (NDP).    The other aim of the Lekgotla was to consider the strategic outcomes of the Provincial Members Assem...
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