The importance of cooperative governance and intergovernmental relations in South Africa is reflected in Chapter Three of the Constitution, which determines a number of principles.
A number of intergovernmental structures promote and facilitate cooperative governance and intergovernmental relations between the respective spheres of government.
- the President’s Co-ordinating Council (PCC), comprising the President, the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and the nine premiers
- ministerial clusters, director-general clusters, and the Forum of South African Directors-General, which promote programme integration at national and provincial level
- ministerial forums between responsible line-function ministers at national level and their respective counterparts at provincial-government level, which normally meet quarterly and are supported by technical committees
- a number of intergovernmental forums that facilitate cooperative governance and intergovernmental relations.
Oversight, monitoring and early-warning systems play a critical role in helping to make cooperative governance work more effectively.
The Intergovernmental Relations Framework Act, 2005 (Act 13 of 2005) [PDF] improves integration among all spheres of government in both policy development and implementation.
Source: South Africa Yearbook 2011/12
Editor: D Burger. Government Communication and Information System
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