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 process to elect new members of the Local Houses of Traditional Leaders (LHTL) has started in all six (6) Electoral Colleges of the Eastern Cape Province. The process is expected to be completed today with seventy seven (77) members across the Province. The newly elected members of the LHTL will be sworn in by District Magistrates on 20 September 2017 in their respective areas.
The process will then be followed by the nomination of thirty eight (38) members to the Eastern Cape Provincial House of Traditional Leaders (ECHTL), who will then be inaugurated on 26 September 2017 in Bhisho. The event will be officiated by the Judge President of the Eastern Cape High Court. The Provincial House will also be expected to nominate three (3) people to represent the Province in the National House of Traditional Leaders in Cape Town. Continue reading
COGTA is on the right course to engender the Constitutional provision that encourages the three spheres of government to assist and support one another, consult on matters of common interest and coordinate their actions, through the existing Intergovernmental Relations forums. This is the view of COGTA MEC Fikile Xasa on the planned three day Provincial Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) Forum to be hosted in the Nelson Mandela Metro this week.
MEC Xasa said the Executive Council of the Province resolved that his department become the single window through which all Provincial MuniMEC meetings should be co-ordinated in the Province. As a result, he added that the Provincial MuniMEC Forum since its inception in 2003 has become a platform for strategic engagement and discussion by all national, provincial and local government role-players on strategic issues to enhance service delivery. Continue reading