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Draft Local Government Laws Amendment Bill

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To amend the Organised Local Government Act, 1997, so as to dispense with the requirement that all categories of municipalities must be represented in a provincial organisation for it to be recognised in terms of that Act; to amend the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers Act 1998, so as to effect a technical amendment, and to validate the determination and payment of salaries and allowances of members of Municipal Councils in the Provinces of Gauteng and the Western Cape for the 199811999 municipal financial year; to amend the Local Government: Municipal Demarcation Act, 1998, so as to effect technical corrections; to provide for additional functions of the Demarcation Board; to provide for a smaller Demarcation Board; to expressly provide for the Minister's  role in the appointment of members of the Demarcation Board; to provide for a less onerous procedure for redetermination of a boundary where the MEC and the affected municipalities agree to a redetermination; to make express provision for the publication of the Demarcation Board's decision where an objection was considered; to reduce the period in which the Electoral Commission must make known its views on when a boundary determination takes effect, and to further regulate that process; to make provision for the powers of the Demarcation Board or an investigating committee to collect evidence; to provide for additional powers for the Minister to make regulations; to amend the Local Government: Municipal Structures Act, 1998, so as to amend the Afrikaans text in order to bring it in line with the amendments effected to the English text by the Local Government: Municipal Electoral Act, 2000 and the Local Government: Municipal Structures Amendment Act, 2000; to make provision for an acting mayor and an acting executive mayor where a particular municipality does not have a deputy mayor or a deputy executive mayor, respectively; to provide for a new method of allocating seats on a metropolitan subcouncil to councillors elected on a party vote; to provide for the payment of out of pocket expenses to traditional leaders who participate in the proceedings of municipal councils; to authorise the Minister to regulate the consequences of a revocation of an authorisation in terms of section 84(3) of the Local Government: Municipal Structures Act; to amend section 10G of the Local Government Transition Act, 1993, to comply with the Constitution; to provide for uncontested ward elections; to provide for the election of office bearers of a municipality to be determined by lot if two candidates receivethe same number of votes; to amend the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000, so as to prohibit a councillor from being appointed as an employee of the municipality concerned; to provide for a general power to levy and recover fees, charges and tariffs; to further regulate the charging of interest on arrears; to provide for legal representation of employees of a municipality; to further regulate clearance certificates for the transfer of property; to amend the Local Government: Municipal Structures Amendment Act, 2000, in order to repeal outdated provisions; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

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