Volume 16, Issue 3, September 2021

Court orders national government to leapfrog into Lekwa Local Municipality
Author: Thabile Chonco
Published: 14 Sep 2021
Failed service delivery at municipal level is not a new phenomenon. In recent times, however, communities, non-governmental organisations and private companies alike are growing impatient and resorting to court action to “straighten” failing municipalities. Such is the case of Astral Operations Limited (“Astral”), the largest business and employer in Lekwa Local Municipality (Lekwa) in Mpumalanga.
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Green manufacturing as a tool of addressing youth unemployment and promoting sustainable local economic development
Author: LGSETA
Published: 30 Sep 2021
This article identifies the possible role that municipalities can fulfil in the promotion of green manufacturing as a tool to advance local economic development (LED), on the one hand, and youth unemployment on the other. In doing so, this article will explore some of the examples in which local governments have successfully achieved this in practice.
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Local government elections: to delay or not to delay?
Author: Michelle R Maziwisa
Published: 23 Jul 2021
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), finds itself in a conundrum. On the one hand, the terms of municipal councils are fixed to a five year term according to section 159(1) of the Constitution and section 24(1) of the Municipal Structures Act 117 of 1998, while section 159(2) of the Constitution requires that municipal elections must be held within 90 days from the day when the 5-year term ends.
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What happens to interventions after the local government elections?
Author: Michelle R Maziwisa & Tinashe C Chigwata
Published: 30 Sep 2021
Too many municipalities are not functioning as they should. The Auditor General has repeatedly reported municipalities’ poor financial management (see 2019/2020 Report). When a municipality fails to provide basic services, the provincial government may, and sometimes must invoke section 139 of the Constitution to address municipal failures.
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Why coalition agreements should be public
Author: Jennica Beukes
Published: 06 Aug 2021
In the previous articles of the coalition series in the Local Government Bulletin, it was argued that the proportional representation (PR) electoral system of local government and the absence of electoral thresholds creates the possibility for hung councils to recur in municipalities, making the formation of coalition governments necessary.
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