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Co-operative governance

Legislation and Policies



Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (DCoGTA)

The DCoGTA is responsible for facilitating cooperative governance, to support all spheres of government and to assist the institution of traditional leadership with transforming itself into a strategic partner of government in the development of communities.

The department’s mission is to ensure that all municipalities perform their basic responsibilities and functions consistently by:

  • putting people and their concerns first
  • supporting the delivery of municipal services to the right quality and standard
  • promoting good governance, transparency and accountability
  • ensuring sound financial management and accounting
  • building institutional resilience and administrative capability.

Chapter 13 of the NDP outlines a vision for building a capable and developmental state through interdepartmental coordination and strengthening local government. This vision is given expression by outcome 9 (responsive, accountable, effective and efficient developmental local government) of government’s 2014 – 2019  medium-term strategic framework, with which the work of the department is closely aligned. Over the medium term the department intends to focus on facilitating access to sustainable basic services through municipal infrastructure, alleviating poverty through the community work programme, providing disaster relief and enhancing proactive disaster planning.

Legislation and policies

The department oversees the implementation of, among other things, the following legislation:


The department has a total budget of R295.8 billion over the medium term. Of this, R278.6 billion is allocated to transfers and subsidies to provinces and municipalities, mainly for the local government equitable share and the municipal infrastructure grant, which amount to R274.1 billion over the MTEF period. A projected R14.1 billion of the department’s total budget over the medium term is allocated to goods and services, mainly for the payment of participants in the community work programme. Total expenditure is expected to increase at an average annual rate of 8.8%, from R82.8 billion in 2018/19 to R106.6 billion in 2021/22.

The department anticipates an increase in personnel, from 491 in 2018/19 to 548 in 2021/22, across all programmes to strengthen its capacity for the implementation of the integrated urban development framework, and municipal support and reporting functions. As such, spending on compensation of employees is expected to increase at an annual average rate of 10.5% from R310 million in 2018/19 to R418.3 million in 2021/22. For the 2018/19 financial year, the department was allocated R85 billion.

Source: South Africa Yearbook 2018/19