Department of Cooperative Governance
The Commission on Khoi-San Matters is on track.
The minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, announced this during her departments’ 2021/22 budget vote speech in parliament.
The Commission flows from the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act that came into effect on 1 April 2021.
President Ramaphosa signed the act in November 2019.
Three key objectives of the act are to:
• Transform traditional and Khoi-San institutions in line with constitutional principles;
• Restore the integrity and legitimacy of traditional and Khoi-San leadership institutions in line with customary law and practices; and
• Protect and promote traditional and Khoi-San leadership institutions.
Mention was also made of the Local Government: Municipal Structures Amendment Bill passed by parliament and sent for assent in March 2021.
The bill was amended by the national council of provinces (NCOP) and returned to the national assembly (NA) for concurrence in December 2020.
The NA passed the bill and sent it to the NCOP for concurrence in February 2019.
The bill is designed to address the problems experienced in the implementation of the Local Government: Municipal Structures Act.
The bill was drawn up by the cooperative governance and traditional affairs department and tabled in June 2018.
It was revived by the NCOP in October 2019.
In particular, the proposed legislation seeks to address problems around the administration and management of municipal elections.
The bill also seeks to promote the effective and efficient implementation of the act and strengthen oversight and governance in municipalities.
The portfolio committee on cooperative governance and traditional affairs adopted the NCOP amendments in February 2021.
The minister also pointed that the Draft Local Government: Municipal Demarcation Authority Bill is to be finalised for tabling in parliament.
The draft bill was published for comment in June 2020.
The aim of the draft bill is to provide for the establishment and operations of the Municipal Demarcation Board; the criteria and procedures for the determination and redetermination of municipal boundaries and ward boundaries; the establishment of an Appeals Authority; and to provide for matters incidental thereto.
Other developments in the pipeline include the convening of the National Disaster Management Advisory Forum as provided for in the National Disaster Management Act; unlocking current impediments with national treasury that include the removal of the requirement for the issuance of a declaration prior to the flow of funds and the Invest Rural Master Plan that seeks to “optimise the rural industrial structure by availing over 1.5 million hectares of land” and reversing the colonial and apartheid established migration patterns.