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SALGA is governed by its constitution as adopted in May 2000. The objectives and principles are in the context of the Constitution of the Republic, Act 108 of 1996, the White Paper on Local Government and within the parameters of the Organised Local Government Act 52 of 1997.
The constitution can only be amended by a two thirds majority at a national conference which is the highest decision-making body of the organisation.
The state and nature of local government in South Africa is dynamic and as it develops it is imperative that legislation governing local government be amended to provide for change. The progression in developmental local government, including SALGA’s new vision as it emerges, may require constitutional amendments from time to time.
Amendments to SALGA’s constitution in chronological order to date are as follows:
Following deliberation at SALGA’s National Conference in 2004, SALGA’s constitution was amended to give effect to its impetus towards a unitary structure.
One of the most significant amendments to the Constitution was the inclusion of the provision that SALGA would have the following categories of membership:
In terms of this amendment to its constitution, SALGA provided for municipalities to be its members directly without having to be members of the provincial local government associations. This marked a significant change from what SALGA has been recognised for in terms of the Organised Local Government Act. In terms of the Recognition Gazette, SALGA was recognised as being representative of the majority of provincial local government associations.
In addition, it also provided for associate members, i.e. an organisation which was not a municipality or a provincial local government association, but was strongly concerned with or involved in local government matters and complied with criteria as may have been determined by the SALGA National Executive Committee.
SALGA’s National Conference of 2007, SALGA’s constitution was amended in the following respects:
The 2007 constitutional amendments outlined above, pertained to the functioning of SALGA’s governance structures and did not alter provisions in reference to membership to SALGA.