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Title:Developmental local governance and service delivery in South Africa: progress, achievements and challenges
Author:Chikulo, Bornwell C.ISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Volume:28
Issue:1
Pages:35-64
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:local government
public services
evaluation
Abstract:With the advent of a political democratic dispensation in 1994, the South African government faced a host of daunting developmental challenges inherited from the apartheid regime. Local government, which constitutes the third sphere of governance in South Africa, has been mandated by the Constitution to address apartheid era-induced inequalities and facilitate local socioeconomic development amongst the previously disadvantaged black majority. This paper reviews the progress, achievements and challenges faced by the South African regime in its attempt to facilitate access to basic social services and to reduce poverty among the previously disadvantaged majority. It outlines the socioeconomic profile and local governance legislative policy frameworks, and explains the institutional arrangements established to facilitate and anchor effective service delivery, as well as to integrate the 'voice' of local communities. The paper also analyses the reasons for the widespread municipal service delivery protests. It concludes that the recurrent widespread, violent and increasingly xenophobic municipal service delivery protests are indicative of the fact that, despite the progress made in the past seventeen years in terms of establishing the policy framework and institutional structures to address bottlenecks in accessing basic social services and fighting poverty, enormous challenges still remain at the local governance level. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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