Show simple item record Sithole, S. L. Manthosi, N. L. 2017-11-09T12:53:36Z 2017-11-09T12:53:36Z 2017
dc.description Journal article en_US
dc.description.abstract While the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (RSA) (Act 108/1996) permits the shift of functions from one sphere of government to another, the reality has been that the two (2) top spheres (provincial and national) are not ready to defer their constitutional obligations to municipalities. This is, attributed to the power that accompanies functions and the ‛lack of adequate capacity’ at local government level. Local government as a sphere closest to communities finds it hard to deliver as expected due to lack of Constitutional mandate to implement on some functions. The housing function is one of the examples of the functional areas of concurrent national and provincial legislative competence listed under Schedule 4 Part A of the RSA Constitution. The Constitution provides for assignment of such function towards their shift from national and provincial sphere to local sphere if those functions would be administered effectively in municipalities and also if municipalities have amassed requisite capacity for administering those functions. The assignment that is envisaged herewith forms part of the subject of decentralisation which is a global debate. In pursuit of decentralisation, local governments should be strengthened towards delivery of social services to citizens. Some of the challenges around decentralisation are highlighted in order to understand the concomitant difficulties that governments are faced with whenever attempts to implement the idea are set in motion. This paper considers the Constitution as well as other pertinent pieces of legislation around powers and functions as distributed across spheres of government; as well as processes of transferring/shifting of those functions. The ensuing paper uses the theory of decentralisation in order to gain understanding of the drive behind empowering local government for improved delivery as well as meeting government targets. Recommendations around the issues of decentralisation as well as shift of powers and functions across spheres of government are made in possible amelioration of identified decentralisation and service delivery bottlenecks. en_US
dc.format.extent 10 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher International Conference on Public Administration and Development Alternatives (IPADA) en_US
dc.relation.requires Adobe Acrobat Reader en_US
dc.subject Decentralisation en_US
dc.subject Capacity en_US
dc.subject Local government en_US
dc.subject Accreditation en_US
dc.subject Assignment en_US
dc.subject Delegation en_US
dc.subject Powers en_US
dc.subject Functions en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Decentralization in government -- South Africa en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Local government -- South Africa en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Municipal government en_US
dc.title Accreditation of municipalities to administer housing programmes: the decentralisation dilemma en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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