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  • Confronting the state of local government: the 2013 Constitutional Court decisions 

    de Visser, Jaap; Steytler, Nico (Juta, 2016)
    In September 2014 the then Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Pravin Gordhan, divided municipalities into three groups: a third of the municipalities was carrying out their tasks adequately, a third ...
  • Constitution-Building in Africa 

    de Visser, Jaap; Steytler, Nico; Powell, Derek; Durojaye, Ebenezer (Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape, 2015)
    The process towards the adoption of a constitution is determined by the context in which the constitution is written. It navigates such issues as political engagement, keeping politically agreed timelines, ensuring the ...
  • The constitutional conversation between the federal structure and a bill of rights 

    Steytler, Nico (Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape, 2015-01)
    It is often assumed that a constitution speaks with one voice and that all parts are in harmony with each other. Although different provisions can be given higher status than others (as reflected in the more arduous amendment ...
  • The constitutional conversation between the federal structure and a bill of rights 

    Steytler, Nico (Institute of Federalism, University of Fribourg, 2015-01)
    It is often assumed that a constitution speaks with one voice and that all parts are in harmony with each other. Although different provisions can be given higher status than others (as reflected in the more arduous amendment ...
  • The Constitutional Court of South Africa: Reinforcing an hourglass system of multi-level government 

    Steytler, Nico (University of Toronto Press, 2017)
    “The supremacy of the constitution and the rule of law” are two foundational values of South Africa’s 1996 Constitution (s. 1(c)). An independent judiciary is thus set to play a major role in interpreting and enforcing ...
  • Decentralisation and Constitutionalism in Africa: Concepts, Conflicts and Challenges 

    Steytler, Nico (Fourth Stellenbosch annual seminar on constitutionalism in Africa (SASCA), 2016-09-07)
    A central quest in post-Cold War Africa has been to bring the Leviathan – the untrammelled ruler – to heel through constitutionalism, and, to a lesser extent, also decentralisation. 1 The unbridled power of the imperial ...
  • Defining local government powers and functions 

    Steytler, Nico; Fessha, Yonatan Tesfaye (Sabinet, 2007)
    The functional areas of provincial and local government competency are listed in Schedules 4 and 5 of the Constitution, with those appearing in part A of each schedule confined to provincial government and those in part B ...
  • District municipalities : giving effect to shared authority in local government 

    Steytler, Nico (Law, Democracy & Development, 2003-01)
    A new feature of local government outside metropolitan areas is the establishment of 47 district municipalities in December 2000. They share legislative and administrative powers with local municipalities in their area. ...
  • District-local municipal relations: The challenges to cooperative government 

    Steytler, Nico; Jordan, Janis (Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape, 2005)
    Outside of metropolitan areas, local government is shared by district and local municipalities; the 47 district municipalities and 231 local municipalities share legislative and administrative powers over the same geographical ...
  • District-local municipal relations: The challenges to cooperative government 

    Steytler, Nico; Jordan, Janis (Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape, 2005)
    Outside of metropolitan areas, local government is shared by district and local municipalities; the 47 district municipalities and 231 local municipalities share legislative and administrative powers over the same geographical ...
  • Electing councillors: A guide to municipal elections 

    de Visser, Jaap; Steytler, Nico (University of the Western Cape, 2016)
    The electoral system for local government combines ward elections with proportional representation. It is regulated in at least four different statutes, the Electoral Act 73 of 1998, the Local Government: Municipal Structures ...
  • The emerging role of metropolitan cities in federations 

    Steytler, Nico (Forum of Federations, 2001)
    City-regions or large metropolitan cities are a rapidly growing phenomenon in developing countries. They are also seen as a key mechanism to the development and growth trajectories of those countries, particularly in the ...
  • Federal arrangements as a peacemaking device during South Africa's transition to democracy 

    Steytler, Nico; Mettler, Johann (Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 2001-01-01)
    This article examines how federal arrangements were used during South Africa's transition to democracy to deal with the conflict posed by two important ethnic-based groupings: right-wing Afrikaners and Zulu nationalists. ...
  • Federal homogeneity from the bottom up: Provincial shaping of national HIV/AIDS policy in South Africa 

    Steytler, Nico (Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 2003-01-01)
    The focus of uniform policy making in federal systems is usually on enforcing homogeneity on units within a federation, based often on the implicit premise that the center is "right," enlightened, or modern and that one ...
  • Formulating the pillars of a turnaround strategy About Previous issues 

    Steytler, Nico; de Visser, Jaap; May, Annette (Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape, 2009)
    The turnaround strategy (TAS) for local government is gaining momentum. Initiated by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CGTA), the TAS is aimed at identifying the drivers of the distress in ...
  • The impact of the global financial crisis on decentralized government in South Africa 

    Steytler, Nico; Powell, Derek (L'europe En Formation, 2010)
    Th e global fi nancial crisis has had a severe impact on South Africa.1 Th e economy went into recession in 2008/09 for the fi rst time in 17 years. Nearly a million jobs were lost in 2009 alone. Growth has resumed, but ...
  • Kenya-South Africa dialogue on devolution 

    Steytler, Nico; Ghai, Yash Pal (JUTA and company, 2016)
    In a radical break with its past, democratic South Africa established a system of devolution that was confirmed in the 1996 Constitution. In reaction to a system of highly centralised government that had seen the abuse of ...
  • The limits of democratic governance in South Africa, by Louis A. Picard and Thomas Mogale 

    Steytler, Nico (Oxford University Press, 2015)
    The title of the book by Louis A. Picard and Thomas Mogale is a bit of a misnomer. The book is not about democratic governance in South Africa in general—across the three spheres of government— but about democracy at the ...
  • Local government reform in Zimbabwe: A policy dialogue 

    de Visser, Jaap; Steytler, Nico; Machingauta, Naison (Community Law Centre, University Western Cape, 2010)
    On 3-4 November 2009 the Community Law Centre hosted a seminar entitled “Policy Dialogue on the Future of Local Government in Zimbabwe”. A diverse spectrum of local government practitioners was assembled to discuss ...
  • Local government reform in Zimbabwe: A policy dialogue 

    de Visser, Jaap; Steytler, Nico; Machingauta, Naison (Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape, 2010)
    This publication is the result of a collaborative research project of South African and Zimbabwean academics and practitioners active in the field of local government. On 3-4 November 2009 the Community Law Centre hosted ...