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The African National Congress and the New National Party have entered into
a historical National Co-operation Agreement. This agreement is in the process
of being implemented at National and Provincial level. The agreement set out
herein is a natural consequence of the National Co-operation Agreement and embodies
the co-operation agreement between the New National Party and the African National
Congress within the Local sphere of Government.

The African National Congress and the New National Party acknowledges the crisis
conditions under which our people are currently suffering i.e. poverty, aids,
crime, unemployment, lack of basic services, etc. This crisis is exacerbated
by the institutional instability experienced at Municipal Level.

The parties have come to the realization that political co-operation on these
matters are the only way to effectively and speedily address these issues. This
sets the notion that some issues in life should be above party politics, as
these problems cannot be solved by "opposition" but require an honest
approach of understanding and co-operation.

Whilst respecting the autonomy and the individual identities of the parties
and whilst guaranteeing their right to differ the parties will co-operate with
one another in order for Local Government to fulfill its constitutional obligations.
This co-operation will be based on the principles of a co-operative partnership
as set out hereunder.

The co-operation will take place in terms of an agreed Local Government Policy
Framework jointly developed by the parties. This co-operation will be strengthened
at Municipal level.

  • Lastly the parties realize that the political partnership between the New
    National Party and the African National Congress is underpinned by the following
    core values:
  • Acting in the utmost good faith,
  • Co-operation and mutual respect for each other and their different points
    of view. and party identity
  • Focusing on the improvement of the plight of our people.
  • Good governance (corruption-free)

The aim of the parties is not only to co-operate on certain agreed critical
issues but eventually to co-operate on all matters save in the most exceptional
circumstance required by the different parties to retain their own identity.
The parties share the vision to move the political focus from a power driven
decision making system to an issue driven decision making system based on the
agreed values and consensus -seeking.


The agreement is founded on the following principles.

  1. Fair Representation

    The parties agree that all the positions in Local Government be distributed
    between the parties to achieve a partnership based on fair representation.
    This means that not only the numbers of posts but also the distribution
    of portfolios and delegations must be structured in such a manner to achieve
    a fair distribution of power, proper checks and balances and harmony with
    the provincial system.

  2. The promotion of institutional stability

    The parties agree that the instability in Local Government is a major cause
    for concern. A stable and economically viable local government is critical
    to meet the challenges we face. To this end the parties agree to attend
    to the reorganization swiftly to bring stability to local government. The
    parties agree to make use of the expertise and services of their members
    taking into account the roles they are currently playing in Local Government.
    The parties agree to speedily see to the review of the reorganization of
    the administrative structures within the Municipalities, in accordance with
    the policy framework agreed upon.

  3. Spirit of Consensus

    Both parties commit themselves to promote friendly relationships at all
    levels. The parties agree to respect the principal of local decision-making.
    To ensure that such decision-making is conducive to the promotion of this
    co-operation agreement the parties further agree to implement certain consensus
    seeking procedures aimed at achieving consensus in decision making. These
    procedures will be determined by the Joint Policy Task Team, within one
    month of signing this agreement.


The parties agree that Local Government across the Western Cape must be empowered
to ensure good local decision making. This will be achieved by the establishment
of the Joint Policy Task Team jointly managed by the New National Party and
the African National Congress, who will be responsible to determine an overall
policy framework for Local Government in the province. This framework will guarantee
the transformation of Local Government and the establishment of delivery priorities
and mechanisms to meet the challenges of Integrated Development Programs and
Local Economic Development, as well as Institutional Transformation.

The parties agree that towards this end a Joint Policy Task Team will be established
comprising senior politicians from the African National Congress and the New
National Party, which must immediately commence work on:

  • overseeing the development of an overall policy framework for all the functional
    areas of local government
  • agreeing to the day one arrangements
  • overseeing legislative amendments towards the types of municipalities including
    that of an executive mayoral system
  • determining the principles and procedures the parties must comply with in
    their decision-making processes at local level.

This task team may draw in any required technical expertise.

The parties agree that the Joint Policy Task Team will also play a role in
capacitating the local political structures of the municipalities to resolve
disputes at local level. The policy framework will include the determination
of the short, medium and long term policy and policy development processes.

The parties commit themselves to the implementation of this policy framework
in all councils where they co-govern.


The parties agree that the primary duty to promote the principles of consensus
seeking Government lies with the parties at Municipal Level. The parties will
in the first instance look for local solutions to local problems and will endeavor
to solve their problems with ingenuity and local creativity within the ambit
and the principles of the Agreed Policy Framework.

To ensure that proper co-operation exists and to ensure that the overall policy
framework referred to above is properly implemented, the parties agree that
a Provincial Dispute Resolution Committee be established consisting of three
representatives of each party. The parties further agree that whenever, after
complying with the formal procedures for decision making prescribed by the Joint
Policy Task Team, the parties at local level are unable to agree on any matter,
the decision on that matter will be left in abeyance for 1 month. If still unresolved
after 1 month, or in urgent cases the matter will be referred to the Dispute
Resolution Committee for a decision.

The parties further agree that only in the event that the Dispute Resolution
Committee cannot agree on a solution, the matter will be jointly decided by
Provincial Party Leaderships whose decision will be final.



The parties agree that in the case of the City of Cape Town:

  • An Executive Mayoral, combined with sub-councils and a ward participatory
    system be implemented.
  • The African National Congress will nominate persons for appointment to the
    positions of Executive Mayor and Chief Whip.
  • The New National Party will nominate persons for appointment to the positions
    of Deputy Mayor and Speaker.
  • The Executive Mayor will appoint a mayoral committee consisting of 10 members
    with portfolios as far as possible similar to the portfolios of the Provincial
    Cabinet. These posts will be allocated to the parties on the principles set
    out in this agreement.
  • The minimum executive power to be delegated to the members of the Mayoral
    Committee will be determined by the Joint Policy Task Team.
  • The Executive Mayor will appoint six members to the mayoral committee nominated
    by the African National Congress and three additional members nominated by
    the New National Party.
  • Ten legislative portfolio committees will be established for the City of
    Cape Town to reflect the portfolios of the Mayoral Committee. The chairpersons
    to these committees will, be appointed by the party different to the party
    who appointed the member of the Mayoral Committee for that portfolio. The
    same principle applies to the appointment of deputy chairs of committees,
    provided that the ANC and the NNP will nominate an equal numbers of chairpersons
    to these committees.
  • The system of Sub-Councils will be maintained, expanded upon and re-demarcated.
    The parties will appoint an equal number of chairpersons to these Sub-Councils.
    The positions of chairperson and vise chairperson will be shared between the
  • The Joint Policy Forum will advise on the implementation of ward committees.


The provisions set out in Schedule A will be the basis on which the political
structures in the non-metro areas will be established.

The principles applying to the structuring and filling of posts in the City
of Cape Town will apply to the non-metropolitan municipalities mutates mutandis.

That all other positions within local government are filled through negotiations
at Local level in accordance with the principles of a partnership based on fair
representation and good governance.

The parties agree that restructuring of Local Government in the Western Cape
should as an outcome reflect the co-operation between the NNP and the ANC, inspire
hope and unity amongst our people and result in stable Local Government capable
of delivering on its mandate.

Duration of Agreement

The parties agree that subject to the National Agreement this agreement will
be in place beyond 2005.

Signed on the 20th June 2002 :