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Jaap de Visser provides commentary on local elections and coalitions
Author: Jacob
Published: Aug 12, 2016

Prof De Visser, Director of the Dullah Omar Institute and local government expert has been providing expert analysis in various media on the 2016 elections and on coalitions. He explained the rules governing elections and particularly the rules impacting on the efforts to build coalitions in so called 'hung councils'.

Prof De Visser helps draft plan to implement New Urban Agenda
Author: Jacob
Published: Aug 01, 2016

On 28 and 29 July, Prof Jaap de Visser participated in an Expert Group Meeting, convened by UNHABITAT on the sidelines of PrepCom 3 in Surabaya, Indonesia. PrepCom 3 was the third meeting of the Preparatory Committee, established by the UN to prepare for HABITAT 3 in October 2016 in Quito.

Guide and video on local government elections launched
Author: Jacob
Published: Jul 22, 2016

On 20 July, Jaap de Visser addressed a seminar convened by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung to mark the launch of the book "Electing Councillors" and the video "Do you know what you are voting for? He shared the platform with Deputy Minister Andries Nel who delivered the key note address.

Rules for 2016 Local Elections Explained
Author: Jacob
Published: Jul 05, 2016

Jaap de Visser and Nico Steytler, both professors at the Dullah Omar Institute, have written a manual entitled: “Electing Councillors - A Guide to Municipal Elections” which explains the rules for local government elections. It discusses the rules for voter registration, party registration, ward candidates and party lists. It also explains what happens on voting day, how votes are counted and how results are determined.

Make your Mark: do you know what you are voting for?
Author: Karel
Published: Jul 05, 2016

On 3 August, millions of voters will exercise their right to vote and decide who controls South Africa’s 257 municipalities. The stakes are high because municipalities deal with basic services and parties are competing for control of powerful cities, such as Johannesburg, Cape Town and eThekwini.

OPPORTUNITY: Doctoral Studies in Multilevel Government, Law and Policy
Author: Jacob
Published: Jul 04, 2016

South African Research Chair (SARChI) in Multilevel Government, Law and Policy offers two full-time doctoral (LLD or DPhil) bursaries, commencing in the 2017 academic year. The study may focus on South Africa’s system of cooperative government, including provincial and local government, fiscal relations, and comparative federalism.

UWC Professor gets highest votes to be in the UN Committee
Author: Jacob
Published: Jul 04, 2016

Prof Benyam Dawit Mezmur, who is currently an Acting Director of the Dullah Omar Institute, Faculty of Law, at the University of the Western Cape was elected into UN Committee on the Rights of the Child with the highest votes of 152 states together with Mikiko Otani from Japan. Mezmur is being re-elected into the Committee for a second term. He currently serves as its Chairperson, a position he was elected into by his colleagues in the Committee last year May, when he became the youngest, and the first Chairperson of the Committee from Africa in almost 15 years.

Jaap de Visser visiting scholar at EURAC, Italy
Author: Jacob
Published: Jun 27, 2016

Prof Jaap de Visser, Director of the Dullah Omar Institute, joins the European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC) as a visiting scholar from 26June to 19 July. EURAC is an independent research centre in Bozen/Bolzano inSouth Tyrol, Italy. It houses various institutes on public management, minority rights, federalism but also alpine environment, biomedicite, renewable energy etc

De Visser and Steytler criticise new criteria for metros
Author: Jacob
Published: Jun 22, 2016

The Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs intends to introduce the Local Government: Municipal Structures Amendment Bill, 2016 in the National Assembly. Before introducing the bill, the ministry invited members of the public to submit written comments on this Amendment Bill, and Jaap de Visser and Nico Steytler, both professors at the Dullah Omar Institute submitted their comments.

BURSARIES: LLM/MPHIL in Multilevel Government - 2017
Author: Karel
Published: Jun 15, 2016

The national government, provinces and municipalities play key roles in development and deepening of democracy. However, they face serious challenges: intergovernmental conflicts, maladministration and corruption. A key event will be the local government elections of August 2016, indicating the importance of metropolitan governments as well as the sphere of local government as a whole. This unique, full-time programme deals with the law, policy and practice of multi-level government in South Africa. It combines class room teaching with a practical internship at an institution multilevel government (including municipalities, province, Parliament).

ESR Review Vol 17 No. 1 2016 now available
Author: Jacob
Published: Jun 07, 2016

This is the first issue of the ESR Review in 2016. It includes three feature articles. The first, by Yuri Ramkissoon, reflects on the lessons from the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on the importance of realising economic and social rights in alleviating poverty and ensuring transformation. The article highlights some of the positive and negative obligations placed on the state by the Bill of Rights and then turns to the lessons learned by the SAHRC over 20 years of data collection on economic and social cultural rights.

Jaap de Visser unpacks new planning law at Housing Roundtable
Author: Jacob
Published: May 31, 2016

The national Department of Human Settlements is preparing a new White Paper on Human Settlements. The new White Paper will lead to new legislation and the repeal of the Housing Act of 1997. Together with the South African Local Government Association, the Department is hosting a series of roundtables to debate the new policy. On 31 May, Jaap de Visser delivered a presentation to the Roundtable on Planning, Design and Development of Integrated Human Settlements.

ANC, DA and EFF forced to govern together?
Author: Jacob
Published: May 17, 2016

The director of the Dullah Omar Institute Prof Jaap de Visser, published an article on the Conversation titled: South Africa’s politicians will have to adjust to many more coalitions, looking at the upcoming local government elections. In this article he argues that it is likely that there will be more 'hung councils', i.e. councils without an outright majority. In these municipalities, coalitions will have to be formed.

South African Constitution as an export model
Author: Jacob
Published: May 17, 2016

Yesterday, Prof Nico Steytler, the SARChI Chair in Multilevel Government Law and Policy at Dullah Omar Institute hosted colloquium focusing on the South African constitution as an export model. This was followed by a book launch of the Kenya-South Africa Dialogue on Devolution edited by Nico Steytler and Yash Pal Ghai published by Juta.

DOI sparks a conversation about constitutionalism in India and SA
Author: Jacob
Published: May 12, 2016

Yesterday, the Dullah Omar Institute and the Consul General of India in Cape Town hosted an event in remembrance Dr Ambedkar, the founding father of the Indian Constitution, and recognising the latter's impact on the South African constitution. The theme of this event was: Celebrating Constitutionalism in India and South Africa. The event was opened by the Prof Tyrone Pretorious, the Rector and Vice Chancellor of UWC.

Dr Mandlate contributes to a portuguese book on human rights in Africa
Author: Jacob
Published: May 06, 2016

The Dullah Omar Institute’s Dr Aquinaldo Mandlate’s and other experts from Angola and Norway jointly edited a book titled Direitos Humanos num Relance (Human Rights In A Nutshell), which was launched in Luanda (Angola) in April 2016. The book was published by SILABO and it is Portuguese version of the Human Rights in a Nutshell publication by Associate Prof Njal Høstmælingen, Director of the International Law and Policy Institute in Norway.

INVITATION: Colloquium and Book Launch
Author: Jacob
Published: May 03, 2016

The Dullah Omar Institute invites you to a colloquium and book launch on Monday, 16 May 2016 (15h00-18h00) at the Kader Asmal Moot Court, Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape.

DOI participates at a conference on governance transitions
Author: Jacob
Published: Apr 01, 2016

The Dullah Omar Institute’s Doctoral Candidate, Shehaam Johnstone presented at the 15th International Winelands Conference (during 31 March and 1 April 2016), hosted by the University of Stellenbosch.

Kenya-South Africa Dialogue on Devolution book launched
Author: Jacob
Published: Apr 01, 2016

The book Kenya-South Africa Dialogue on Devolution, edited by Professors Nico Steytler and Yash Pal Ghai, was launched on 23 March 2016 at the Katiba Institute, Nairobi, Kenya. The 500 page volume brought together nine South African authors with nine Kenyan counterparts to examine the various aspect of devolution in both countries. The value of the publication lies in how the experience of 20 years of devolution in South Africa can assist in the development of devolution in Kenya, seen in the light that the Kenyan Constitution liberally borrowed from the South African Constitution.

Workshop on Somalia federalism
Author: Jacob
Published: Apr 01, 2016

Professor Nico Steytler, the SARChI Chair in Multi-level Government, Law and Policy, was one of the key experts, presenting a 4 day training workshop, organised by the Ministry of Interior and Federal Affairs of the Federal Government of Somalia and the Forum of Federations, in Nairobi, Kenya, 21 to 24 March 2016.

Crisis for Children with Disabilities: Parliament Should Act Urgently to Mandate Inclusive Education
Author: Jacob
Published: Mar 17, 2016

Parliament should urgently address the crisis in inclusive education affecting children with disabilities, Inclusive Education South Africa, SECTION27, Human Rights Watch and the Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape said today. The groups were responding to President Jacob Zuma’s statement at the national Disability Rights Summit on March 10, 2016, and statements by the Department of Basic Education on March 8.

NEW REPORT: Just Cities for Women Bulletin 2016
Author: Jacob
Published: Mar 15, 2016

In 1994, South Africa emerged as a constitutional democracy full of promise for a better life for all South Africans. A system of developmental local government was established which is ‘intended to have a major impact on the daily lives’ of South Africans. Both men and women have an equal responsibility and thus should be given equal opportunities to ‘find sustainable ways to meet their social, economic and material needs and improve the quality of their lives’ [White Paper on Local Government].

Jaap de Visser presents on Federal Nepal in Kathmandu
Author: Jacob
Published: Feb 25, 2016

On 24 February, Prof Jaap de Visser delivered a presentation to a group of 70 academics, civil society representatives and government officials in Kathmandu, Nepal. The meeting was convened by the Forum of Federations in support of the process to implement the new Constitution of Nepal, which envisages a federal structure and constitutionally recognised local government. Prof De Visser discussed key provisions of the Constitution of Nepal and highlighted the experience of South Africa and other African countries.

ESR Review No. 3 of 2015 is now available!
Author: Jacob
Published: Feb 19, 2016

This issue of the ESR Review includes three feature articles that discuss various areas of socio-economic rights. Enoch MacDonnell Chilemba analyses various incidents of evictions that took place in South Africa in 2014. There were also court challenges, applications and decisions relating to evictions. The article highlights issues relating to the legality and frequency of evictions.

Dr Assim attends a review and planning workshop in Ghana
Author: Jacob
Published: Feb 18, 2016

Dr. Usang Maria Assim, a senior researcher in the Dullah Omar Institute’s Children’s Rights Project, is taking part in the review and planning workshop of the African Children’s Charter Project (ACCP) from 14 to 20 February 2016 in Accra Ghana. The workshop is aimed at reviewing the progress of the ACCP since the start of a two year bridging period in 2015 and planning for the second year (2016) of the bridging period.

Jaap de Visser shares SA experience on provincial government in Nepal
Author: Jacob
Published: Feb 18, 2016

Prof Jaap de Visser is taking part in a programme to raise awareness and conduct citizen education around federalism in Nepal. In 2015, Nepal adopted a Constitution creates national, provincial and local levels of government. This was done to accommodate the multitude of ethnicities, languages, religions and cultures in Nepal and to facilitate more responsive government. Nepal is now faced with the mammoth task of implementing this new Constitution.

Johnstone investigates how to hold local government accountable
Author: Jacob
Published: Feb 17, 2016

The Dullah Omar Institute doctoral candidate, Shehaam Johnstone participated in the 1st Annual Emerging Legal Scholarship Conference, where she presented a paper investigating how to hold local government accountable in terms of its constitutional competencies towards realising the right to food. The conference was hosted by the Faculty of Law within the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on 4 and 5 February 2016. The theme of the conference, “Legal challenges for a new generation”.

Absence of public open spaces violates right to the city - Ayele
Author: Jacob
Published: Feb 16, 2016

Dr Zemelak Ayitenew Ayele, a former post-doctoral fellow, at the Dullah Omar Institute recently published an opinion article on an Ethiopian newspaper, focusing on public open spaces and our rights to our cities. He argues that the creation of industrial, commercial, or residential areas in and of itself is not problematic. It goes without saying that we need economic development and that our cities have immense contribution to make in this respect, he points out.

Jaap de Visser addresses Parliament on intergovernmental relations
Author: Jacob
Published: Feb 11, 2016

On 9 February, Prof Jaap de Visser, the director of Dullah Omar Institute, delivered a presentation duringva workshop organised by the National Council of Provinces (NCOP). The NCOP, as the house of Parliament that brings together nine provinces and organised local government, plays a critical, but often underestimated role. Prof De Visser discussed the role of the NCOP in the adoption of national legislation and its role in holding the national executive accountable.