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Local Government Week and S139 Interventions

From Tuesday, 8 to Friday, 11 September, the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) hosted a virtual Local Government Week. The programme was aimed at providing an opportunity for national reflection on issues affecting local government, in order to improve the lives of South Africans through accelerated service delivery.

The 2020 programme was themed: Ensuring Capable and Financially Sound Municipalities, and PARI’s local government programme, led by Thina Nzo, participated and gave inputs, particularly around the 2019 PARI report, Mind The Gap: S139 Interventions in Theory and in Practise by Tracy Ledger and Mahlatse Rampedi. The two authors spoke to the media about their research into failing municipalities and s139 interventions – see links below.

As local government week comes to a close, the effectiveness of section 139 interventions are being questioned. This is a government intervention implemented when local governments are in a state of collapse. Co-author of a research paper on how these can be implemented effectively, Doctor Tracy Ledger, joins Africa Melane on Early Breakfast to discuss their findings.
Guest: Tracy Ledger, Senior Researcher at Public Affairs Research Institute
Topic: The implementation of section 139 interventions