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SALGA stands ready to support new municipal governments across the country in building inclusive, cohesive, and resilient communities




Posted: 02 December 2021

The end of a calendar year is a time to reflect on the moments that defined it and more importantly, it is a time to set goals for the new year and beyond, and outline the strategies to achieve the said goals.

For South Africa’s local government sector, the 2021 calendar year ends at a time where new municipal councils across the length and breadth of the country have been established and municipalities are now preparing to move swiftly on commitments aimed at building inclusive, cohesive, and resilient communities.

The South African Local Government Association’s Integrated Councillor Induction Programme (ICIP), which will provide induction training and professional development for newly elected and returning councillors, has been running from November 2021 and will conclude in February 2022.

The programme is key to building the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to be an effective mayor or councillor and the lessons learned and experiences shared from the professional development activities will come in handy as members of councils begin identifying priorities and crafting the vision for their respective municipalities for the new term of office.

This is one of the many initiatives emanating from SALGA’s transition plan for municipalities, which aims to create an environment that will improve the social and economic stability of councils across the country.

It is against this background that SALGA is looking forward to working with new municipal governments across the country and investing in the well-being of people and communities.

Commemorative events

  • World AIDS Day is commemorated each year on the 1st of December and is an opportunity for every community to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and remember those who have died.

Guided by this year’s theme: “Working Together to End inequalities, AIDS, TB and COVID-19”, municipalities, with the National Department of Health, the South African National AIDS Council, the Treatment Action Campaign, Men’s Sector, Traditional Leaders, Traditional Healers, and various stakeholders are embarking on these programs countrywide. Build-up programs are coordinated and rolling, culminating in the national event hosted in the Limpopo Province, Vhembe District, in Collins Chabane Local Municipality on 1 December 2021, and beyond.

  • South Africa celebrates National Disability Rights Awareness Month annually between 3 November and 3 December. 3 December is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and is also celebrated as National Disability Rights Awareness Day.
  • International Volunteer Day on 5 December is a chance for individual volunteers, communities, and organisations to promote their contributions to development at local, national, and international level. It is a unique opportunity for individuals and organisations of volunteers to work with government agencies, non-profit institutions, community groups, academia, and the private sector.
  • International Anti-Corruption Day is commemorated annually on 9 December in recognition of the United Nations Convention against Corruption which was signed in Mexico in 2003.
  • The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign (16 Days Campaign) is a United Nations campaign which takes place annually from 25 November (International Day of No Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). Other key commemorative days during this period include World Aids Day on the 1st of December and the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, on 3 December of every year.

The theme for 2021 is “The Year of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke – 16 Days of Activism – moving from awareness to accountability”.

  • International Human Rights Day is marked every year on 10 December with activities led by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Day marks the anniversary of the Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
  • On 12 December 2012, the United Nations unanimously endorsed universal health coverage as a pillar of sustainable development and global security. The first Universal Health Coverage Day was celebrated in 2014. The principle behind thus is that no one should fall into poverty because they get sick and need healthcare. Universal health coverage (UHC) means that every person, everywhere, has access to quality healthcare without suffering financial hardship.
  • South Africa will mark National Reconciliation Day on 16 December 2021. The National Reconciliation Day was adopted at the start of democracy when it was envisioned that reconciliation, peace and stability would be a defining character of the country's new democratic dispensation.
  • The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 18 December International Migrants Day on 4 December 2000. The International convention on the protection of the rights of all migrant workers and members of their families was adopted on 18 December 1990 (Resolution 45/158). The Assembly has stressed the need to make further efforts to ensure respect for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all migrants.
  • The International Human Solidarity Day, observed on December 20, is an international annual Unity Day of the United Nations and its member states introduced by the general assembly during the 2005 World Summit.

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#20YearsOfDemocraticLocalGovernment #LGTransition and look out for more activities planned for the 20 Years of Democratic Local Government on the SALGA website: and all our social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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