Volume 17, Issue 4, November 2022

Between a rock and a dark place: Municipalities battle to keep the lights on in the face of escalating debt
Author: Cameron Brisbane
Published: 09 Oct 2022
In the space of one week in September, the country’s load shedding status sent any sniff of foreign investors scurrying for cover, and the City of Tshwane narrowly averted being plunged into complete darkness after settling its outstanding debt to Eskom of over R1,6bn. It joined the City of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, and a long list of smaller municipalities which continually roll over debt, and default on payment settlement plans until the threat of Doomsday. Pay up, or we throw the big switch.
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Court invalidates an unlawful contract and holds officials personally liable for unauthorised and irregular expenditure
Author: Sanelisiwe S. Ntuku
Published: 29 Nov 2022
The case of Imvusa Trading 1581 BK v Oudtshoorn Municipality is about a monetary claim arising from a contract between the Oudtshoorn Local Municipality and Imvusa Trading 1581 (Imvusa). The Municipality contracted Imvusa to repair potholes on its behalf without following the requirements set out in the Constitution and the Municipal Finance Management Act of 2003 (MFMA). The Court held that concluding procurement contracts by deviating from legislated procurement requirements renders such contracts unlawful and therefore invalid.
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Court prohibits traditional authorities from developing land without the approval of the municipality
Author: Xavia Poswa
Published: 15 Oct 2022
Since the pre-colonial era, traditional leaders have allocated land to residents in terms of indigenous law. In the democratic era, traditional leaders continue to allocate land to residents and issue permissions to occupy (PTO). These PTOs are sometimes issued by traditional leaders to a resident that is willing to pay to occupy land that is owned by the municipality. This can give rise to illegal occupation of municipal land and municipalities having to incur enormous expenditure in trying to service these developments.
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Determining the size of local councils in Ethiopia: The larger, the more democratic?
Author: Zemelak Ayele
Published: 26 Oct 2022
It has been close to ten years since the local government elections were held in Ethiopia. The elections have been indefinitely postponed since 2018 because the political and security situation in the country did not permit conducting the elections.
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Exploring the digital skills needs of small and medium-sized enterprises and co-operatives
Author: LGSETA
Published: 26 Oct 2022
Small businesses play a pivotal role in contributing to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) and employment creation. According to the International Finance Corporation, small businesses contribute about 34 percent of the GDP in South Africa and employ between 50 and 60 percent of the country’s workforce.
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Land-grabbing: Municipalities must uphold the Constitution when dealing with unlawful occupiers
Author: Jennica Beukes
Published: 10 Oct 2022
Land-grabbing is a term that captures the story of land dispossession in South Africa. The term has its roots in our apartheid history in which the authoritarian government initially deprived the Black majority (broadly defined) of their property. In democratic South Africa, land grabbing is often used to describe the process in which South Africans (black and white, men, women and children) are dispossessing the state and private businesses of land.
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Rogue leadership and lawlessness in Kannaland Municipality
Author: Jennica Beukes
Published: 18 Nov 2022
More than half of Kannaland Local Municipality’s population lives in poverty. Improved access to water and sanitation, well-maintained roads, adequate parks and recreation facilities, etc. can go a long way to ensure a dignified living in all its communities. However, Kannaland has struggled to deliver services since December 2018, when it was placed under provincial administration, a situation that still persists. Political instability, maladministration and poor oversight are among the root causes of poor service delivery. As political parties continue their political scheming to gain access to political office, service delivery in the Municipality continues to decline.
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Traditional leaders, municipalities and land use management: Who does what?
Author: Xavia Poswa
Published: 28 Nov 2022
On the 20th of October 2022, the Dullah Omar Institute (DOI) in partnership with the Hanns Seidel Foundation South Africa held a webinar under the theme “traditional leaders, municipalities and land use management”.
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