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Title:Local government transition in five eastern seaboard South African towns
Authors:Bekker, SimonISNI
Buthelezi, SiphoISNI
Manona, CecilISNI
Year:1997
Periodical:Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies
Volume:24
Issue:1
Pages:38-56
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subject:local government reform
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02589349708705040
Abstract:The April 1994 general elections in South Africa resulted in the establishment of a new national government and nine new provincial governments. The establishment of a new system of local government restructuring was postponed until after the general elections. This article is concerned with the first phase of local government restructuring, the pre-interim (Constitution) phase, which began with the promulgation of the Local Government Transition Act (1993) and resulted in the establishment of a transitional local government body. It then examines the establishment of transitional local authorities in five small towns: Fort Beaufort, Grahamstown and Peddie in the Eastern Cape, Somerset West in the Western Cape, and Howick in KwaZulu-Natal. In particular, it addresses the following issues: membership of the Transitional Local Council and of the preceding local government negotiating forum; the demarcation of transitional local authorities' areas of jurisdiction; provincial and metropolitan intervention in the local decisionmaking processes; and the degree to which local democratic practice began to emerge in the five towns before local government elections took place. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.
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