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Title:The Politics of Local Government Restructuring and Apartheid Transformation in South Africa: The Case of Durban
Author:Maharaj, Brij
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:local government reform
Urbanization and Migration
Politics and Government
Ethnic and Race Relations
External links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02589009708729614
Abstract:The emergence of nonracial, democratic and viable local government structures is crucial for the survival and development of South Africa's fledgling democracy. The present article evaluates the structures and mechanisms which have facilitated local government restructuring in South Africa, and analyses the way in which the transformation process has unfolded in Durban. Initially the National Party government tried to control changes in local government, as was evident from the Thornhill Commission and the Interim Measures for Local Government Act, 1991. However, the ANC and the civic organizations played an important role in influencing the restructuring of local government. The Local Government Transition Act, 1993 provided an institutional base for statutory and nonstatutory organizations to enter into local restructuring negotiations without prejudice. An analysis of local government restructuring in Durban reveals that local social and political contingencies could not be separated form political developments at the central level. As political control of the Durban City Council alternated between the conservative and liberal elements, the council subsequently adopted a mission statement committed to nonracial, democratic local government. Bibliogr., notes, ref.