CMRA is a technical service provider in the field of local government.

The goal of CMRA is to support and strengthen municipalities and Local Government Associations  in Southern Africa.

On the week of the 23rd to the 26th of November 2015, a forum for the (Acting) CEOs of the Proto (CMAs) and an institutional workshop for the Department for Water and Sanitation were held. The forum (23 - 24 November) served as an opportunity for the (Acting) CEO of the Proto (CMAs) to finalise the strategic direction of the forum...

From 29 November till 3 December 2015 the United Cities and Local Government of Africa (UCLGA) organised its Africities summit in Johannesburg. VNG International and CMRA participated in this summit with a session on benchmarking. Local government representatives from Benin, Ghana and South Africa, together with representatives of VNG...

Following the annual meeting of the Local Government Capacity Programme (LGCP) which was organised in collaboration with the Department of Cooperative Governance (DCoG) on the 27 & 28 May 2015, two Red Tape Reduction workshops were held in Tshwane (20 & 21 October 2015) and in Cape Town (28 & 29 October 2015) with...

In October, two peer to peer workshops were organised for municipalities that participate in the Local Government Capacity Programme. The workshops focused on the new Rental Housing Amendment Act and the implications it will have for municipalities. The workshops were conducted in cooperation with SALGA, the National Department of...

In the week of 17 August 2015 the municipality of Winterswijk from the Netherlands and their South African partner municipality Camdeboo organised a work week in East London as part of the LGCP programme.

Purpose of this week was to finalise the preparations for the rental housing project (CRU) in Graaff Reinet on which they...

A workshop was held in Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality on the 23rd of June 2015. The workshop was to introduce and demonstrate the use of the Municipal Barometer, a web based tool that makes local level data available to municipalities, their stakeholders and the general public. There was a great turnout from the councillors of...

The LGCP conference on Back to Basics was held in Pretoria on the 27th and 28th of May 2015. As the name suggests, the conference was about “Back-to-Basics” – a new strategic focus introduced by CoGTA (Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs) through which municipalities will be supported to deliver on their basic...

5C assessments were conducted during the month of April with several LGCP municipalities and two Catchment Management Agencies. The 5c aims to provide a holistic overview (albeit a bit abstract) of the capacity building process of local governments and CMAs in the programme and is based on a well-known capacity building assessment...

On the 10th of April, citizen Journalists from the company Health E-News, a project funded by Making All Voices Count, received training on how local government works in terms of legislation, systems and processes, relevant IGR government structures, as well as lobby and advocacy techniques. This training was conducted by CMRA Project...

SALGA's NMA from 24-26 March 2015 was a huge success. Politicians and officials from all over the country attended this conference. CMRA would like to thank everyone who visited our stand during this conference.

CMRA has been conducting research on the organisational effectiveness of LED. Interviews have been conducted with LED practitioners in the Free State and Limpopo. Metro, District and Local municipalities were visited and the input gained was of great value to the research. It is evident that the staff within LED units are passionate...

During the week of 9th to 13th February 2015, the Vaal Proto-CMA met with its partner Dutch Water Authorities;Brabantse Delta (WBD), Dommel (WD) and Aa & Maas (WAM), Drinking Water Company, Brabant Water (BW)  and Municipality of Breda (MB). The visit focused on reaching an agreement on the topics for future cooperation such as...

CMRA, VNG International and SALGA facilitated the third and final BZK Social Housing Institutional Readiness Assessment workshop last week 18-19 February in Pretoria. 16 municipalities, including local and metropolitan municipalities have participated in this project. BZK is the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations in the...

The Municipal Social/Rental Housing Institutional Readiness Assessment project or the Benchmark project as it is known is being implemented by VNG International, CMRA and SALGA. Mohamed Shaik, Acting Director: Land Planning & Management, Human Settlements department, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality has said: “We have...

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CMRA 10 Year Anniversary

Friends, partners, stakeholders; this year CMRA exists for 10 years and we are celebrating this! At the end of 2005, CMRA was established to support local government in Southern Africa and that is what we did. Read more about CMRA 10 Year Anniversary

Relations between Provincial Departments of Human Settlements and Municipalities

Since the inception of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Human Settlements and the Ministry of the Interior in the Netherlands, many activities in the field of Social/Rental Housing have taken place to support local government. Read more about Relations between Provincial Departments of Human Settlements and Municipalities

LED Research

CMRA has been conducting research on the organisational effectiveness of LED. Interviews have been conducted with LED practitioners in the Free State and Limpopo. Metro, District and Local municipalities were visited and the input gained was of great value to the research. Read more about LED Research

LGCP Peer-to-Peer session on LED, SPLUMA and Mining company and Local Government Engagement

On the 3rd and 4th of November, VNG International hosted a follow-up workshop to the Peer-to-Peer session on mining, LED and local government, held in October. Read more about LGCP Peer-to-Peer session on LED, SPLUMA and Mining company and Local Government Engagement

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Client's Testimonials

“SALGA strongly recommends that your municipality considers participating in one or more (…) benchmark projects. SALGA intends not only to support the project, but also to participate in the project activities relevant to its mandate.”

Mr. Xolile George, Chief Executive Officer of SALGA

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