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Title:Ten years in the making: a history of the evolution of metropolitan government in Johannesburg
Author:Tomlinson, RichardISNI
Periodical:Urban Forum
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:administrative reform
municipal government
urban areas
local government reform
External link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF03036625
Abstract:As mapped out by the Local Government Transition Act (LGTA) no. 209 of 1993, all South Africa's local governments are undergoing three phases of transition from apartheid structures: the 'pre-interim phase'; the 'interim phase', beginning with the 1995 municipal elections and lasting until a new local government system has been designed and legislated upon and new local governments are elected; and the 'final stage', when the local government system is established in 2001. The present study first considers the impact of apartheid on the economic, social and administrative difficulties confronting local government today. The next section charts the processes underpinning Johannesburg's move from the 'pre-interim phase' to the 'interim phase', in order to be able to consider the financial malaise besetting Johannesburg as well as the organizational review that led to proposals, presently being implemented, for a major restructuring of local government. A review of what the 'final stage' will mean for Johannesburg concludes the paper. The focus throughout the paper is on the metropolitan level of government. Bibliogr., notes, ref.