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Title:Local government in transition for a democratic South Africa
Author:Reddy, P.S.ISNI
Periodical:The African Review: A Journal of African Politics, Development and International Affairs
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:South Africa
Southern Africa
local government reform
local government
Abstract:At present local government in South Africa is very undemocratic and poorly organized. Cities, towns, villages and rural areas will need to be restructured to make them democratic and nonracial. However, the reorganization of political and administrative systems per se at the local government level is unlikely to provide final solutions. Any future local government dispensation will also have to address the socioeconomic imbalances that have been the resultant effects of apartheid local government. The establishment of workable transitional arrangements must include all key players. Civics are poised to assume a pivotal role in local government administration in a postapartheid South Africa if they become strong articulators of urban interests and remain independent from political movements. Civic associations are beginning to build both the capacity and the independence which will enable them to play this role. Bibliogr.