Talking as colleagues about inclusive plans for the future marked the early years of the local government transition.
Parliament went to the heart of the matter this year when a special committee, chaired by Lechesa Tsenoli, investigated the many causes of service delivery protests – and made a series of recommendations on what should change. This is an extract from the final report tabled in September.
Government has failed to listen to people, choosing instead to dump services on them, says MARTIN LEGASSICK, so it’s no wonder that community-based social movements are on the rise.
Much of the idealism and optimism of the White Paper era has gone, says DAVID SCHMIDT, but now there’s an opportunity to tackle its unintended consequences.
The sign on his office wall says ‘short-term pain, long-term gain’, and that’s what’s needed now. Passionate about local government, the chairperson of Parliament’s Ad Hoc Committee on Co-ordinated Oversight on Service Delivery reflects on 10 years of progress and problems.
As the only city manager of a metro who has been there from the beginning, and who was previously head of the Demarcation Board, MICHAEL SUTCLIFFE reflects on what this decade has been like for eThekwini.
Enthusiastic ward councillors who champion local issues can assist communities to drive development, as this councillor in Mangaung’s historic Ward 19 shows.