The 2021 local government elections signals widespread disillusionment with representative democracy that only a sea change in service delivery can fix.
The network collectively applied ingenuity to provide essential care and support to vulnerable people.
The 2021 election will define for citizens important aspects of South Africa’s political future. What is the governing ANC’s future, and what was the impact of President Ramaphosa on this election?
Trevor Ngwane, an activist and academic, shows how structures that emerged in the struggle against apartheid continue in democratic South Africa, now in conflict with the ruling ANC.
The collapse of local government in small towns is beginning to affect investment in farming, and the ability of agribusinesses to operate.
The problem in municipalities is not that the wrong people are being chosen. It is that the wrong people are doing the choosing – not only of candidates but of what they do if elected.
After recent elections, South Africa are grappling with what the reasons are for the declining trend in youth participation in the 2019 elections.
The action plan offers no information about budgets, oversight, clear standards for measuring progress or accountability mechanisms.
Two authors unpack the fragility of South Africa’s political parties and why democracy is a lifelong commitment.
South Africa’s dysfuctional municipalities are characterised by very poor, or no delivery, of basic services such as refuse collection.
South Africa’s local governments lack a clear separation of legislative and executive powers.
Inclusive innovation processes could be extremely valuable to low-income and disadvantaged communities in South Africa.
Governing parties and officials need to take note of the frustration being expressed by ordinary South Africans.
Corruption has become one of the biggest concerns for South Africans living in a province that has erupted in violence.
Cycling is a low-cost and non-polluting way to make deliveries in congested cities. Slow cyclists should be recognised as good for the economy and environment, not treated like second-class citizens.
Opposition leader Mmusi Maimane’s takeover of responsibility for tackling the Western Cape water crisis blurs party and state lines.
Metropolitan areas are key to economic prosperity of countries. But this is affected when the population grows too fast like in Uganda’s Kampala, where growth has outpaced infrastructure development.
Protests in South Africa are about more than just service delivery of basic services such as water and electricity. They reflect a wider crisis about the failure to build a more equitable society.
There’s also one that explains why you always think you’ve picked the wrong queue.
Protests in South Africa have largely been confined to black working class townships and informal settlements. Is this beginning to change?