Authorities techniques | South African Authorities

The Constitution
National Assembly
National Council of Provinces
Government clusters
Inter-Ministerial Committees
The Presidency
The Deputy President
Provincial government
Traditional leadership
Local government
Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
Public Service Commission
National School of Government
Department of Public Works
Department of Home Affairs
Government Printing Works






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South Africa is a constitutional democracy with a three-tier system of presidency and an unbiased judiciary. The nationwide, provincial and native ranges of presidency all have legislative and govt authority in their very own spheres, and are outlined within the Structure as “distinctive, interdependent and interrelated.”

The Structure

The Structure is the supreme regulation of the land. No different regulation or authorities motion can supersede the provisions of the Structure. The Structure of the Republic of South Africa of 1996 was authorized by the Constitutional Court docket on 4 December 1996 and took impact on 4 February 1997.


Authorities consists of nationwide, provincial and native spheres. The powers of the legislature, govt and courts are separate.


Parliament consists of the Nationwide Meeting and the Nationwide Council of Provinces (NCOP). Parliamentary sittings are open  to the general public. A number of measures have been applied to make Parliament extra accessible and accountable.

Nationwide Meeting

The Nationwide Meeting consists of no fewer than 350 and not more than 400 members, elected by a system of proportional illustration for a five-year time period. It elects the President and scrutinises the manager.

Nationwide Council of Provinces

The NCOP consists of 54 everlasting members and 36 particular delegates. The aim of the NCOP is to signify the pursuits of the provinces within the nationwide sphere of presidency.

Authorities clusters

Clusters have been established to foster an built-in method to governance that’s geared toward bettering authorities planning, determination making and repair supply. The primary goal is to make sure correct coordination of all authorities programmes at nationwide and provincial ranges.

The seven clusters are:

  • Infrastructure Growth
  • Financial Sectors and Employment
  • Governance and Administration
  • Human Growth
  • Social Safety and Group Growth
  • Worldwide Cooperation, Commerce and Safety
  • Justice, Crime Prevention and Safety.


The Izimbizo programme is a communication platform that allows the citizenry to have a significant and direct engagement with members of the nationwide, provincial and native govt. It promotes unmediated face-to-face communication with the general public. It gives a chance to political principals to share authorities plans to enhance service supply and to hearken to points going through communities.

Authorities launched into the sixth Nationwide Imbizo Focus Week of the present administration from 17 to 23 April 2017. President Jacob Zuma had declared 2017 because the Yr of Oliver Reginald Tambo. The 12 months marked the centenary of the late President and nationwide Chairperson of the ANC, a world icon and hero of the South African liberation battle.

In celebrating his legacy, the Nationwide Imbizo Focus Week centered on the implementation of the Nationwide Growth Plan (NDP) imaginative and prescient 2030, which underpins the Medium Time period Strategic Framework 2014-2019.

Inter-Ministerial Committees (IMCs)

President Jacob Zuma (and in sure cases the Cupboard) appoints IMCs for particular functions that require the eye and dedication of a staff of sure Ministers. The mandate of the IMCs is proscribed to the matter that they’re established to execute. They included:

  • IMC on the Prevention and Combating of Corruption;
  • IMC on Data and Publicity;
  • IMC on State funerals;
  • IMC on the Revitalisation of Distressed Mining communities;
  • IMC on Migration;
  • IMC on Funding Promotion;
  • IMC on Native Authorities Elections.

The Presidency

The Presidency is the manager supervisor of presidency. It’s located within the Union Buildings, Pretoria, and has a subsidiary workplace in Tuynhuys, Cape City.

There are two Ministers in The Presidency, one liable for Ladies and the opposite for Planning, Monitoring and Analysis. The NDP provides a long-term socio-economic improvement highway map. The NDP: Imaginative and prescient for 2030 focuses on the next strategic areas of improvement:

  • creating jobs
  • increasing infrastructure
  • sustainable use of assets
  • reworking city and rural areas
  • bettering training and coaching
  • offering high quality healthcare
  • constructing a succesful state
  • preventing crime and corruption
  • uniting the nation.

The Deputy President

The President appoints the Deputy President from among the many members of the Nationwide Meeting.


Cupboard consists of the President, as head of the Cupboard, the Deputy President and Ministers. The President appoints the Deputy President and Ministers, assigns their powers and capabilities and will dismiss them. Not more than two Ministers could also be appointed from exterior the Nationwide Meeting.

Provincial authorities

Every of the 9 provinces has its personal legislature of 30 to 80 members. They elect the premiers who head the manager councils.

Conventional management

The Nationwide Home of Conventional Leaders was established by way of the then Nationwide Home of Conventional Leaders Act of 1997. Its aims and capabilities are to advertise the function of conventional management inside a democratic constitutional dispensation, improve unity and understanding amongst conventional communities and advise nationwide authorities.

Provincial homes of conventional leaders have been established in all six provinces which have conventional leaders, specifically the Jap Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West.

The nationwide and provincial homes of conventional leaders improve the cooperative relationships inside nationwide and provincial authorities, whereas the institution of native homes of conventional leaders deepens and cements the connection between municipalities and conventional leaders on customary regulation and improvement initiatives.

Native authorities

Native authorities is the sphere of presidency closest to the folks. In accordance with the Structure and the Organised Native Authorities Act of 1997, which formally recognises organised local-government associations, organised native authorities could designate as much as 10 part-time representatives to signify municipalities and take part in proceedings of the NCOP.


Current developments embody the redemarcation of municipal boundaries in South Africa after the 2016 Native Authorities Elections. This lowered the variety of municipalities from 278 to 257, comprising eight metropolitan, 44 district and 205 native municipalities. Municipalities govern on a four-year time period foundation and run native affairs topic to nationwide and provincial laws. They’re centered on rising native economies and offering infrastructure and providers.

South Africa has eight metropolitan municipalities:

  • Buffalo Metropolis (East London)
  • Metropolis of Cape City
  • Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (East Rand)
  • Metropolis of eThekwini (Durban)
  • Metropolis of Johannesburg
  • Mangaung Municipality (Bloemfontein)
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality (Port Elizabeth)
  • Metropolis of Tshwane (Pretoria).

Division of Cooperative Governance and Conventional Affairs (CoGTA)

The Division of CoGTA is remitted to: develop and monitor the implementation of nationwide coverage and laws geared toward reworking and strengthening key establishments and mechanisms of governance in nationwide, provincial and native authorities to fulfil their developmental function; develop, promote and monitor mechanisms, techniques and buildings to allow built-in service supply and implementation inside authorities; and promote sustainable improvement by offering assist to and exercising oversight of provincial and native authorities.

The division’s Again to Fundamentals technique, which was launched in 2014, goals to enhance the standard of fundamental providers, foster good governance and construct institutional capability in native authorities, encourage public participation, and create work alternatives.

The 5 pillars of the technique are:

  • Batho Pele (Placing Individuals First): Put folks and their considerations first and guarantee fixed contact with communities by efficient public participation platforms.
  • Ship Dependable Companies: Create first rate dwelling situations by constantly delivering the suitable high quality and commonplace of municipal providers. This entails planning and budgeting, delivering infrastructure, facilities and upkeep and making certain that there are not any service failures. Ought to failures happen, restore providers with urgency.
  • Sound Monetary Administration: Show good governance and administration, which embody waste discount, prudent public funds expenditure, recruitment of competent employees and transparency and accountability.
  • Good Governance: Guarantee sound monetary administration and accounting and handle assets successfully to maintain service supply and neighborhood improvement.
  • Construct Succesful Establishments: Construct and keep sound institutional and administrative capabilities which are administered and managed in any respect ranges by devoted and expert personnel.

The Division of CoGTA can also be liable for managing and transferring the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG), which gives particular capital finance for fundamental municipal infrastructure backlogs for poor households, micro-enterprises and social establishments servicing poor communities.

The MIG permits the supply of fundamental providers equivalent to water, sanitation, roads and neighborhood lighting in poor communities.

Public Service Fee (PSC)

The PSC is tasked and empowered to, amongst others, examine, monitor, and consider the organisation and administration of the Public Service.

This mandate additionally entails the analysis of achievements, or lack thereof of presidency programmes. The PSC additionally has an obligation to advertise measures that may guarantee efficient and environment friendly efficiency inside the Public Service and to advertise values and rules of public administration as set out within the Structure, all through the Public Service.

Nationwide College of Authorities (NSG)

The NSG is meant to teach, prepare, professionalise and develop a extremely succesful, expert and dedicated public service cadre, with a way of nationwide obligation and a typical tradition and ethos. It nurtures a tradition of professionalism and modern pondering and function a catalyst for reform and modernisation in pursuit of a performance-oriented public  service.

Division of Public Works (DPW)

The DPW goals to advertise the federal government’s aims of financial improvement, good governance and rising dwelling requirements and prosperity by offering and managing the lodging and infrastructure wants of nationwide departments, by main the nationwide Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) and reworking the development and property industries.

The EPWP stays an efficient a part of authorities’s response to the triple problem of poverty, unemployment and inequality. By way of the EPWP, initiatives equivalent to constructing low-cost bridges over rivers, have been making an actual distinction to folks’s lives. The initiatives carried out by the EPWP sought to enhance the standard of lifetime of poor communities specifically.

Group improvement staff (CDWs) function a hyperlink between communities with many authorities providers and programmes. Positioned inside communities, CDWs help residents by serving to them to entry providers equivalent to well being, welfare, housing, agriculture, financial exercise, training and coaching, and employment alternatives.

Division of House Affairs (DHA)

The DHA is the custodian of the identification of all South African residents, essential to which is issuing start, marriage and demise certificates; identification paperwork and passports; in addition to citizenship; naturalisation and everlasting residency certificates.

The division can also be liable for the efficient, safe and humane administration of immigration.

Statutory our bodies falling beneath the division are the:

  • Immigration Advisory Board
  • Standing Committee for Refugee Affairs
  • Refugee Attraction Board.

Authorities Printing Works (GPW)

The GPW, a division of the DHA, is remitted to supply safety printing and ancillary providers to all organs of state in all spheres of presidency.

It offers with the printing of passports, visas, start certificates, smart-card identification paperwork and examination supplies, in addition to authorities stationery and publications, equivalent to tender bulletins and authorities gazettes. The GPW additionally gives printing providers to some Southern African Growth Group states.

Supply: Pocket Guide to South Africa

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