The primary purpose of the intergovernmental relations unit is to position the eThekwini Municipality enhance intergovernmental relations by mobilizing resources and strategic partnerships which will ensure co-ordination of service delivery by all departments to the citizens of the city thus ensuring a better quality of life to all.

The unit focuses on the following priority programme areas:

  • Coordinating and managing all municipal relationships with other spheres of government.
  • To ensure that there is a strong link between departments internally and the two spheres of government (National and Provincial).
  • To facilitate information and knowledge sharing through inter-municipal cooperation.
  • To build managerial and technical capacity (through study tours, exchange programmes, seminars and conferences).
  • To develop project partnerships with other government departments for mutual benefit.
  • To create employment through the public works programmes.
  • To focus on supporting the successful implementation of the strategic priorities of the city by mobolising on going support from other spheres of government.
  • To ensure a consistently positive image of the city to all other spheres of government.
  • To ensure that there is monitoring and alignment of municipal budgets and IDP implementation with provincial and national government departments.
  • Coordinating and aligning all events that involve other spheres of government – e.g. national days, Imbizos, etc.
  • Promoting efficient lines of communication and between the municipality and other spheres of government.
  • Ensure efficient relations and sharing models of good practice with other municipalities.


The Senior Manager
Intergovernmental Relations Unit
1st Floor City Hall
West Street

Telephone: 031-311 2050
Fax: 031-3112066