Local Government Bulletin

The Local Government Bulletin is a regular publication of the Dullah Omar Institute at the University of the Western Cape. The first Bulletin appeared in 1999, on the eve of the first democratic local government elections.

The founding editors were Nico Steytler (now South African Research Chair in Multilevel Government) and Johann Mettler (now City Manager of Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality) assisted by Jaap de Visser (now Director of the Dullah Omar Institute). For the next 13 years, we produced more than 50 editions with the involvement of a growing cohort of young scholars.

We closely followed the first decade of local government with updates and analysis. The articles dealt with the demarcation of municipalities, the introduction of the Municipal Finance Management Act, debates about the role of district municipalities, a new property rates regime, analysis of civic protests and numerous critical court judgments on procurement, evictions, housing and planning powers and many, many other issues. These articles are all freely available on our website. From 2012, we took a break from producing the Bulletin but we are excited to continue where we left off and introduce the first edition of Volume 14. We have moved with the time; the Bulletin is now available electronically.

However, the objective remains the same: we will regularly publish short, accessible articles related to local government in South Africa and the region. You can expect to see on these pages, our practical summaries of new Bills, reports on judgments that affect municipalities, updates of new policies and programmes and incisive analysis by our editors and brilliant young writers at the Dullah Omar Institute. We welcome submissions (between 500 and 1000 words) from both practitioners and academics.

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The Local Government Bulletin is a team effort of:

  • Editors: Tinashe Carlton Chigwata (Chief Editor), Jaap de Visser and Nico Steytler
  • Assistant Editor: Michelle Maziwisa
  • Contributing writers: Phumla Hlati, Thabile Chonco, Curtly Stevens, Melisa Ziswa, Jennica Beukes, Henry Gichana and Xavia Poswa

All enquiries, content submissions and feedback should be addressed to:

The Editor, Local Government Bulletin
Dullah Omar Institute
University of the Western Cape                                                                          
Private Bag X17

Email: tchigwata@uwc.ac.za
Tel: +27 21 959 2950/2951

The publication of the Bulletin is made possible with the support provided by the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the Bavarian State Chancellery.