Organisation: Department: Cooperative Governance (DCoG)


DCoG's (formerly Department of Provincial and Local Government, dplg) mandate is derived from Chapters 3 and 7 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act No. 108 of 1996).

As a national department its function is to develop national policies and legislation with regard to provinces and local government, and to monitor the implementation of the following:

  • Intergovernmental Relations Framework Act, 2005 (Act No 13 of 2005)
  • Municipal Property Rates Act, 2004 (Act No. 6 of 2004)
  • Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act, 2003 (Act No. 56 of 2003)
  • Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act, 2003 (Act No. 41 of 2003)
  • Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002)
  • Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act No. 32 of 2000)
  • Local Government: Municipal Structures Act, 1998 (Act No. 117 of 1998)
  • Local Government: Municipal Demarcation Act, 1998 (Act No. 27 of 1998)
  • White Paper on Local Government (1998)

The Department’s other function is to support Provinces and Local Government in fulfilling their constitutional and legal obligations.


An integrated, responsive and highly effective governance system, including communities, to achieve sustainable development and improved service delivery.


DCoG's mission is to facilitate cooperative governace and support all spheres of government, promote traditional affairs and support associated intitutions through:

  • Developing appropriate policies and legislation to promote integration in government’s development programmes and service delivery;
  • Providing strategic interventions, support and partnerships to facilitate policy implementation in the Provinces and Local Government; and
  • Creating enabling mechanisms for communities to participate in governance.


DCoG's values are informed by the Batho Pele (People First) principles of the South African Public Service and the specific dplg focus on the following:

  • Professionalism;
  • Activist approach;
  • Partnership and collectivism
  • Service exellence


DCoG's primary startegic stakeholders are:
  • The Presidency
  • National Planning Commission
  • Monitoring & Evaluation
  • National Treasury
  • Department of Public Service and Administration
  • Institution of Traditional Leadership
  • Provincial sphere of Government
  • Local sphere of Government (Municipalities)
  • Municipal Demarcation Board
  • Commission for the promotion and protection of the cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities
  • South African Local government Association
  • National House of Traditional Leaders
  • Commission on Traditional Leadership and Claims
  • South African Cities Network


  • National Sector Departments
  • Professional bodies
  • Provincial Academies
  • Development Bank of South Africa
  • Public Service Commission
  • Public Administration Leadership and Management Academy
  • Sector Education and Authorities
  • Public
  • Communities

DCoG's Local Economic Development (LED) Programme

Local Economic Development (LED) is an approach towards economic development which allows and encourages local people to work together to achieve sustainable economic growth and development thereby bringing economic benefits and improved quality of life for all residents in a local municipal area.

As a programme, LED is intended to maximise the economic potential of all municipal localities throughout the country and, to enhance the resilience of the macro-economic growth through increased local economic growth, employment creation and development initiatives within the context of sustainable development. The “local” in economic development points to the fact that the political jurisdiction at a local level is often the most appropriate place for economic intervention as it carries alongside it the accountability and legitimacy of a democratically elected body.

DCoG's LED Programmes provides support in the following areas:

  • Development and review of national policy, strategy and guidelines on LED;
  • Providing direct and hands-on support to provincial and local government;
  • Management of the Local Economic Development Fund;
  • Management and Technical Support to Nodal Economic Development Planning;
  • Facilitating coordinating and monitoring of donor programmes, and
  • Assisting on LED capacity building processes.

Through these interventions, resources, local role-players and interest groups are mobilized for the sake of achieving economic growth and creating jobs to reduce poverty.

Integrated Development Plan (IDP) is a process by which municipalities prepare 5- year strategic plans that are reviewed annually in consultation with communities and stakeholders. These plans adopt an implementation approach and seek to promote integration by balancing social, economic and ecological pillars of sustainability without compromising the institutional capacity required in the implementation and coordinating of actions across sectors and spheres of government.