The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) sets specific criteria for subsidisation qualification. Accredited journals are recognised research outputs which meet these set criteria. In order for researchers to receive recognition for written articles, they should select journals accredited from one of the lists below (official lists from the DHET):


> pdf ISI (2016) (487 KB)

> pdf IBSS (2016) (251 KB)

> pdf DHET List of Approved South African Journals (2016) (96 KB)


> Find the perfect journal for your article (Elsevier)

> Find the perfect journal for your article (Springer)

Please remember to check the name of the journal (including open access) you want to publish in against the list of accredited journals provided by the DHET


According to the Merriam Webster online dictionary, plagiarism is the act of using another person's words or ideas without giving credit to that person. To plagiarise is:

  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
  • to use (another's production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft: present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source Plagiarism is an act of fraud involving the theft of someone else's work and lying about it.


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  • Verbatim Material - is copied word for word with no acknowledgement to the source of the text.
  • Straight plagiarism - Changes capitalisation or sentence structure. A word may be added or deleted. Citation is inadequate or the author is not cited at all.
  • Patch writing - Copying a few sentences from different sources
  • Collusion - Using another student's [researcher's] work with their permission
  • Ghost writing - Work written by someone else is presented as own 8. Make up referencing False details about the source or author

2018/19 Technical Report

The main purpose of this Technical Report is to explore how improving the efficiency of intergovernmental fiscal relations (IGFR) can assist national government, provinces and municipalities to stimulate urban development through prioritising public investments and interventions. If managed properly, fiscal reforms for urban development can bring about greater inter-regional equity and potential economic growth. While the focus of the Submission is on urban areas, the debate should not be an either/or choice between urban and rural development, as both exist in parallel throughout South Africa.
The Commission is also interested in rural development as shown in previous submissions, as both rural and urban regions can contribute to national growth and poverty alleviation.  

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2015 2016 Annual Report

2015/16 Annual Report

The Annual Report is presented in terms of the provisions of section 220 of the Constitution, 1996, section 40 and 65 of the Public Finance Management Act, 1999 and section 26 of the Financial and Fiscal Commission Act, 1997 (as amended). During the period under review, the Financial and Fiscal Commission Amendment Act, 2015 was passed which finally alleviated the governance challenges that was prevalent at the Commission. The Commission is continuing to work hard to ensure the implementation of the Amendment Act.

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