The Work Seriti Is Doing To Develop The CPA Space

Seriti Institute was invited to train Communal Property Associations situated in the Bojanal District Municipality, Madibeng local Municipality, North West Province in October 2019. Seriti is a development facilitation agency that works to help communities and social partners reach their goals by delivering innovative, sustainable and comprehensive solutions to enhance their socio-economic impact. Some of the ways by which we achieve this is by providing technical support, programme/project management and implementation, facilitated learning and promoting civic-driven change and accountability. This is why we were able to custom build a tailor-made solution that was flexible and that would deliver impact.

The aim of the training was to build the skills and knowledge base of the CPA Executive Committees in the area of governance and compliance as it relates to the CPA Act and CPA Constitutions. At the end of the training:

  • CPA Committees were furnished with tools to be able to interpret their constitutions

  • CPA Committees had a robust understanding of the requirements of the CPA Act

  • CPA Committees were equipped to implement ethically sound governance principles.

Seriti trained 100 individuals in compliance and governance from various CPAs situated in the North West representing 10 Communal Property Associations. Each participant received a certificate of attendance at the end of the training session.

CPAs were created to enable communities to form juristic persons, to be known as communal property associations in order to acquire, hold and manage property on a basis agreed to by members of a community in terms of a written constitution; and to provide for matters connected therewith. Some of the challenges faced by CPAs include the incomplete land transfer processes, lack of operating capital, infighting, unaccountability and non-transparent executive committees, political and business interference. This has led to increased unemployment and ineffective use of the land allocated to CPAs. According to the 2017/2018 Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) report, since the inception of the CPA Act in 1996, the DRDLR has registered 1 566 entities. In the last financial year only 304 CPAs were deemed fully legally compliant i.e. they have the following in place

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