About CMRA

The Centre for Municipal Research and Advice (CMRA)

CMRA is a dynamic research and consultancy organization established in October 2005 (registered as a Private Company at Register of Companies South Africa), and is a technical service provider in the field of local government.

Our Aim

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

Our Approach

As an institutional capacity builder, CMRA assists municipalities by offering innovative solutions to critical challenges through research, facilitative support, hands-on mentoring and advice. CMRA has access to an extensive network of local government experts, mostly with a municipal background (e.g. municipal staff, mayors, councillors and municipal directors), who can accordingly provide a colleague-to-colleague approach.

Born out of two Local Government Associations

As a daughter company of the International Cooperation Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG International), CMRA is able to draw on the extensive experience of VNG-International in providing technical advice and assistance to municipalities in the field of infrastructure development, across three continents. VNG International and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding expressing the support of the work done by CMRA.

Where we work

CMRA is based in Pretoria, Gauteng, but we are operational in all 9 provinces in South Africa and have local government clients in southern Africa, including Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe.