The impact of municipal amalgamations on service delivery

HSRC Seminar series

Date: 7 November 2019   
Time: 12h30 – 14h00 
Venues: Video conference in Pretoria, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal Livestream by Vidyo

Presenters:
(i) Professor Daniel Plaatjies (Chairperson of the Financial and Fiscal Commission)
(ii) Dr Godwin Dube (Senior Researcher, Municipal Demarcation Board)

Chair:           Mr Aluwani Ramagadza

The Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) has conducted amalgamations of several municipalities since the commencement of the first democratic local government in 2000. The amalgamation process is informed by section 24 and 25 of the Municipal Demarcation Act. It was anticipated that these amalgamations would result in municipalities that are effective in fulfilling their constitutional and developmental mandates for service delivery. However, amalgamation has proved to be a complex issue and requires a variety of state interventions. More often than not, the processes were met with challenges such as community protests, conflicting leadership and lack of administrative capacity. The seminar will report on how Kagisano and Molopo in the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality as well as Mangaung and Naledi local municipalities in the Mangaung Metro have progressed after amalgamations concerning service delivery. The seminar will offer an opportunity to discuss the successes and challenges of amalgamation and how they could be resolved in order to improve municipalities’ performance and service delivery.

Kindly RSVP by 6 November 2019

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference Room, 1st  floor HSRC Library, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria.
Contact Arlene Grossberg  | T: (012) 302 2811  | E: acgrossberg@hsrc.ac.za
Cape Town: HSRC Video Conference Room, Merchant House 116-118 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town.
Contact Shouneez Khan| T: (021) 466 7948 | E: skhan@hsrc.ac.za
Durban: HSRC Video Conference Room, The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001.
Contact Ridhwaan Khan  | T: (031) 242 5400  | C: 083 788 2786  | E: RKhan@hsrc.ac.za 

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST

Vidyo Link: https://hsrc-vc.tenet.ac.za/fl ex.html?roomdirect.html&key=GGKGXLnInSbnn5Mspk7JfF1qu8

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