Open By-laws is a community project to make our by-laws easier to find, read and share.
Municipal by-laws form part of the legal foundation for effective service delivery and cooperative communities. In many municipalities, however, the by-laws are out of date or difficult to find. Open By-laws helps to solve this problem by working with a contributor community to put up-to-date by-laws online, freely available to everyone.
What are by-laws?
By-laws are laws managed by municipalities. The Constitution of South Africa gives municipalities the power to pass their own legislation, in the form of by-laws, for particular subject areas. These by-laws hold the same power and force as other national and provincial legislation.
Municipalities are required by the Municipal Systems Act to make their by-laws publicly available on their website. However, most municipalities lack the capacity to do so. Open By-laws helps to fill this gap.
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Open By-laws is a project of Laws.Africa, a non-profit organisation that curates the African legislation commons and builds technology to enable free access to the law.
Laws.Africa trains and supports a contributor community that is working together to build an African legislation commons and make African law freely available to everyone.
How you can help
The by-laws on this website are maintained by a community of contributors. The contributors work hard to put by-laws online and keep them up-to-date. Laws.Africa provides training and support and builds the technology that makes this project possible.
An enormous thanks to our contributors and editors:
Ally Adendorf, Andrew Collier, Christopher Gevers, Cliff Featherstone, Greg Kempe, Juan Barrios, Matt Adendorf, Nqobile Sibisi, Pivendren Naik, Richard Gevers, Tricia Govindasamy.
In 2013, Open By-laws received a Shuttleworth Flash Grant and an AMI Sandbox Fund grant, and we're grateful to these funders who helped us in our infancy.
We aren't lawyers. We don't write these laws, we're just making them available and there may be mistakes. Always get a professional legal opinion.
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