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Title:Regional Services Councils: a preliminary evaluation
Author:Humphries, R.ISNI
Periodical:Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
communal lands
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02589349108704944
Abstract:One of the most controversial pieces of legislation introduced by the P.W. Botha government after the establishment of the tricameral parliament in South Africa was the Regional Services Councils Act. Passed by parliament in 1985, the Act provided for the establishment of new structures, in both urban and rural areas outside of the homelands, which were to perform various functions on the local government level. Regional Services Councils (RSCs) have now been operating as general affairs institutions in the Transvaal and the Orange Free State for some three years. This article evaluates certain aspects of the functioning of the councils, especially those in the Transvaal, in the light of the points of criticism made before their establishment. It also evaluates their performance in the light of the government's own rationale for establishing the councils. The conclusion is that the RSCs have actually performed better than might have been expected. At the public level, the volume of criticism against them has died down. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.