Member of Executive Council

Hon. Fikile Xasa

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The mandate of this department is to ensure a Local Government system that is able to respond to the needs of the citizens. This is a onerous mandate requiring our best efforts



The Eastern Cape Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) wishes to clarify its standpoint on the position of King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo following the decision by the Supreme Court of Appeal to reject his application to appeal the Mthatha High Court 2010 conviction for arson, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, culpable homicide and defeating the ends of justice, amongst other crimes. The powers to recognise and de-recognise a King reside with the President of the Republic. Continue reading


The Eastern Cape Provincial Disaster Management Centre (EC-PDMC) a directorate within the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) in conjunction with the Eastern Cape Umbrella Fire Protection Association (ECUFPA) hereby advises that no burning or open fires as defined are permitted as from the 1st August 2015 until the 31st October 2015, for Amathole District; Chris Hani District; Joe Gqabi District;  O.R. Tambo District; Alfred Nzo District ; Sarah Baartman District and the Buffalo City Metro.  No burning or open fires as defined is permitted as from 1st December 2015 until the 31st March 2016 within the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipal area, unless a notice in this regard is issued to lift the prohibition or permission is granted in terms of this notice. Continue reading