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Local governments are essential actors for Africa development


The political sessions opened this Wednesday 03 December 2015 at the 7th edition of the Africities.

During the political sessions officials and delegates were unanimous: the development of the continent has to start from the ground and local authorities have a predominant role to play given that they are in daily contact with the people and consequently more aware of their realities.     

Development partners, Mayors and Ministers: « all partners » for the rise of local governments

The doors have closed at the 7th edition of the Africties this 3rd December 2015 at the Sandton Convention Center.  During the conference delegates and stakeholders attended a political dialog between Ministers, mayors and development partners before the official closing ceremony.  

From the different addresses, there is one assessment: The agreement between the three parties about Africa’s transformation has one main objective: overcome the inequalities to achieve the development of the continent.  


Time has come for national governments to decentralise resources, says Minister Gordhan

South Africa’s Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Pravin Gordhan says the time has come for national governments to transform local government and decentralise resources to local authorities.

The Minister said for local governments to be effective, they need to be empowered with “constitutional” powers so that they can be empowered to respond to their mandate to deliver basic services.


Fighting xenophobia requires education, panellist tells Africities Summit.

The recent attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa came back into the spotlight when delegates attending the 7th Africities Summit in Sandton discussed discrimination in their respective societies.

A diverse panel comprising delegates from several countries tackled the topic on ‘Global Solidarity for Diversity, Inclusion and non-discrimination’ on day three of the summit being held at the Sandton Convention Centre.