National Council of Provinces (NCOP)
The NCOP consists of 54 permanent members and 36 special delegates, and aims to
represent provincial interests in the national sphere of government. Delegations consist of 10 representatives from each province. The NCOP must have a mandate from the provinces before it can make certain decisions.
It cannot, however, initiate a Bill concerning money, which is the prerogative of the
Minister of Finance. The NCOP came into existence on 6 February 1997.
Relevant sections in the Constitution include:
Source: South Africa Yearbook 2011/12
Editor: D Burger. Government Communication and Information System
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