On Wednesday, the 3rd of June 2015, the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office held a Round Table on the topic of subsidiarity and local government. Framed around the sub-theme of “can they do it? Subsidiarity and local government capacity” the three speakers addressed questions of the devolution of power to the local level, the current institutional arrangements for local government, and the differences in effectiveness of major metropolitans and rural municipalities.
Fr. Anthony Egan of the Jesuit Institute gave a theoretical overview of subsidiarity and its history, Mr Phindile Ntliziywana of the University of the Western Cape presented on the status of municipalities and the oversight legislation that they are subjected to, and Mr Nishendra Moodley, Director of the Palmer Development Group, shared his experiences as a consultant to various municipalities.
L-R: Fr Anthony Egan, Mr Phindile Ntliziywana and Mr Nishendra Moodley
Above: A participant poses a question to the panel