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Interprovincial exchange to aid Municipalities to expands their role in Local Economic Development - 2014-03-28 09:28:00 Municipalities are expanding their role beyond that of delivering basic services to one that fosters integrated economic and social development within their boundaries. The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) in partnership with the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF), recently hosted an interprovincial exchange meeting on Local Economic Development (LED) in Rustenburg, North West. The co-ordination between Kwazulu-Natal (KZN) and North West (NW) provincial go...
Labour Appeal Court Rules On Wage Parity Dispute between SALGA and Unions - 2014-03-06 22:14:00 The Labour Appeal Court has finally given SALGA the go ahead in implementing the wage parity agreement. SALGA representing 278 municipalities as the employer body has been engaged in a lengthy legal process on a wage parity dispute with labour unions SAMWU and IMATU. The parties entered into a Wage Curve Agreement in 2010.    SAMWU and IMATU sought the intervention of the court as they believed that municipalities had wrongfully implemented the terms of the wage parity ag...
Labour Matters: The 14th Cheque Conundrum - 2014-02-25 13:43:00 Service delivery has suffered recently in some municipalities in the Eastern Cape as some workers downed tools in demand of a 14th cheque payment in the Ndlambe Local Municipality and Buffalo City Metro. This left community members in these areas frustrated from the lack of services during the strikes. SAMWU in the Eastern Cape Province, who has led its members in this campaign, has acted out of turn since collective bargaining on “salary matters” happens at a national lev...
SALGA leading the Professionalisation of Local Government- 7th Municipal Managers Forum - 2014-02-24 17:01:00 The 7th Municipal Managers Forum held in East London focused on the theme of Professionalisation of the Local Government Sector. This particular one was attended by the Minister of Cooperative Governance, Lechesa Tsenoli who in addressing Municipal Managers (MM’s) emphasised the critical role that they play in the developmental agenda of local government since they are the interface between the administration and the council. The Minister also touched on the fact that the Auditor Gen...
SALGA Anti-Corruption Summit November 2013 - 2013-12-05 15:58:00 One of the key objectives of the Anti-Corruption Summit was to affirm local government’s stance and commitment to lead the fight against corruption and maladministration, and to contextualise the common perceptions that local government is generally corrupt.    This affirmation was brought to life as municipalities signed pledges to institutionalise the fight against corruption and maladministration as well as acting swiftly on allegations and incidence of malpracti...
Harry Gwala District hosts the 15th SALGA KZN Games - 2013-12-05 14:19:00 SALGA KZN has partnered with the Department of Sports and Recreation to host the 15th SALGA KZN games at the Harry Gwala District formerly known as Sisonke District. This event which boasts15 sporting codes is expected to have an estimated 5000 athletes participating and representing 61 municipalities within the KZN province. This year’s games themed:  “Choose your Sport and Make your Mark” are aimed at raising the awareness around government programmes such as t...
Provincial Members Assemblies Underway in Provinces - 2013-10-22 11:25:00 The SALGA constitution makes provision for the convening of provincial and national members’ assemblies. At a provincial level the members’ assembly should be held at least once a year. Provincial Members Assemblies are currently underway and will be hosted across all nine provinces as preparations leading up to and feeding into the National Members Assembly which is set to convene on 27-29 November 2013. The provincial assemblies will be held from 10 October to 15 Nov...
Parliamentary briefing 16 October 2013 - 2013-10-22 10:49:00 A word from Parliament During the course of 2013, SALGA has been particularly busy in its attempts to represent the interests of its member municipalities within the parliamentary policy making and oversight processes. In particular, SALGA was recently involved in three important NCOP debates namely the Women’s day debate, Mandela Day debate as well as the NCOP debate on Housing. During the NCOP National Women’s Day debate, SALGA made a commitment to overcome challenges...
IMMINENT URBAN SHORTAGE OF CEMETERY SPACE: CEMETERIES CONFERENCE RAISES CULTURAL AND PLANNING DILEMMAS FOR MUNICIPALITIES - 2013-10-22 10:46:00 SALGA, at the Cemeteries Conference held in Durban from 16-18 October 2013, congratulated the Cemeteries Association of South Africa and the eThekwini for furthering the resolutions of the SALGA Cemeteries Summit held in 2012. Indeed, print and radio media has been abuzz with discussions around South Africa’s developmental choices around cemeteries. This partly has to do with the emotive nature of the subject of disposal of human remains as well as the realisation that the choices th...
2013 SALGA WOMEN'S COMMISSION LEKGOTLA - 2013-10-22 10:13:00 The SALGA Women’s Commission (SWC) gathered in Tshwane on 26 September for the annual Lekgotla under the theme “A Centenary of working together towards sustainable women empowerment and gender equality” The SALGA Women’s Commission is established to coordinate, promote and advocate for gender appropriate strategies and practices within member municipalities and thereby participate in gender based regional and continental programmes.    One of t...
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