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Encyclopedia > District municipality (South Africa)

In South Africa, a district municipality or Category C municipality is a municipality which executes some the functions of local government for a district. The district municipality will in turn be comprised of several local municipalities, with which it shares the functions of local government. A municipality or general-purpose district (compare with: special-purpose district) is an administrative local area generally composed of a clearly defined territory and commonly referring to a city, town, or village government. ...

The Constitution, section 155.1.a[1], defines "Category C" municipalities. The Municipal Structures Act[2] states that areas not eligible to have a metropolitan municipality must have a district municipality. In South Africa, a metropolitan municipality or Category A municipality is a municipality which executes all the functions of local government for a city or conurbation. ...

District municipalities have a municipality code that consists of the letters "DC" followed by a number from 1 to 48. The "DC" reflects the fact that they were originally named "District Councils".

District Management Areas

Some areas of the country are not eligible to have a local municipality, usually due to having too low a population density to make it viable. In particular, many national parks and nature reserves (for example, the Kruger National Park) are not part of any local municipality. In these areas, all local government services are provided directly by the district municipality; they are known as District Management Areas. Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales A national park is a reserve of land, usually owned by a national government, protected from most human development and pollution. ... A nature reserve (natural reserve, nature preserve, natural preserve) is an area of importance for wildlife, flora, fauna or features of geological or other special interest, which is reserved and managed for conservation and to provide special opportunities for study or research. ... A zebra in the Kruger National Park Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa. ...

See also

To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Republic of South Africa is a constitutional democracy with a three-tier system of government and an independent judiciary, operating under a Westminster-styled parliamentary system. ...


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South Africa District municipality - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (134 words)
District municipalities in South Africa administer and make rules for a district, which includes more than one local municipality.
The purpose of district municipalities and local municipalities sharing the responsibility for local government in their areas is to ensure that all communities, particularly disadvantaged communities, have equal access to resources and services.
This will help some local municipalities who don't have the capacity (finances, facilities, staff or knowledge) to provide services to their communities.
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