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The Municipal Barometer as a Tool for Human Rights Realisation at Local Government

29 May 2018
12:30 - 14:00

Presenter: Mr Parks Tau – SALGA/UCLG President

Discussant: Professor Narnia Bohler-Muller, Executive Director, DGSD, HSRC

Date: 29 May 2018   

Time: 12:30 – 14:00 

Venues: Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town

In 1994 the world witnessed South Africa transition into a democratic state and subsequent promulgation of the South African Constitution in 1996 as the supreme law of the land. The Constitution guarantees all SA citizens human rights as enshrined in the Bill of Rights.

Section 7(2) of the Constitution express that LG must respect, protect, promote and fulfil human rights such as the right to water, a clean and healthy environment, and housing amongst others. The Human Rights Act places a legal duty on those in LG to ensure that human rights are considered when developing policies, making laws, delivering services and making decisions. It is then imperative that realisation of human rights is measured over time. Drivers for the measurement of human rights include: (1) the need to address the imbalances inherited during the apartheid era; (2) the need to properly evaluate the effectiveness of different government programs and policies in addressing these imbalances; (3) the need to track general life circumstances for the population of South Africa (4) as well as spatial transformation.
In order to monitor and measure LG performance SALGA established the Municipal Barometer web-portal which tracks a pre-determined list of indicators. The indicators are grouped into 9 broad areas aligned with the constitutional mandate of local government and the NDP amongst others. The Municipal Barometer ensures that local governance and development data is readily available and easily accessible for improved municipal governance and performance. It can be accessed from

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