This assignment will critically evaluate intergovernmental relations with specific reference to South Africa. It will firstly, give a brief definition of the main terms, outline the overview of the Republic of South Africa, Government in South Africa and Principles of cooperative government and Intergovernmental Relations. Secondly it will describe the Intergovernmental structures, Intergovernmental Relations Framework and the Devolving powers from central government to lower levels. Finally it will discuss Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations Act, challenges facing Intergovernmental Relations, Intergovernmental Relations impact on development and the Integrated Development Plan.
2. Definition of Terms
For the purpose of this assignment it is important to define the terms intergovernmental relation and cooperative government.
1. Intergovernmental Relations
Intergovernmental relations are the interaction of the different spheres of government, which are distinctive, interdependent and interrelated. This means that South Africa has adopted a decentralised governance model to promote its national development objectives and meet the needs of municipalities.
The main aim of intergovernmental relations is for elected members and officials of government entities to work with each other where cooperation is necessary, to assure legislative compliance, policy implementation and service delivery.
Intergovernmental relations contribute to service delivery making it the major factor in efficient and effective service delivery. However, poor intergovernmental relations can lead to inadequate or duplicated service delivery.
Intergovernmental relations is about improving the delivery of outcomes through effective systems, processes and procedures that ensure cooperation...