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Residents of Zandspruit, a shanty town north-west of Johannesburg, during a violent protest against the removal of illegal electricity connections. EPAKevin Sutherland

What rising protests in South Africa say about attitudes towards local government

The brouhaha over South Africa's upcoming high-stakes municipal elections hides critically important questions about the continued relevance of local government amid growing public disaffection.
A protester smokes marijuana during a march calling for the legalisation of cannabis in Cape Town. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Below the radar, South Africa is limiting the right to protest

Despite protests in South Africa being largely peaceful, municipalities are placing unreasonable restrictions on the right to protest, which sometimes amounts to a veto of that right.
South Africa’s local municipalities can do more to diversify their economies and push their products and services in high tech markets. Shutterstock

A blueprint for bringing local economies to life in South Africa

Through developing their technological skills, South Africa's local municipalities can increase their capacity to compete with markets in neighbouring countries.
Projects are underway to address sustainable energy transitions in cities like Uganda’s Kasese. James Akena/Reuters

Smaller African cities need sustainable energy intervention

Sustainable energy is crucial for smaller African cities which are generally overlooked. These cities receive much less research and funding focus.

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