In inner city Durban a project to assist cardboard recyclers has shown that it can be a viable and dignified way of earning a living.
Unless municipalities change the way they plan, build and finance infrastructure, argues TIAN CLAASSENS, they'll continue to lurch from one 'emergency' to the next, with dire consequences for service delivery.
In many ways, these local government elections could be a game- changer-these are some of the things that make this local poll different.
Once a ward committee member, always one-that's the experience of this energetic member of the National Council of Provinces when she goes home to Maletswai Municipality in the Eastern Cape.
For many New York is the world's financial and cultural capital but the city also leads when it comes to public sector innovation and city planning.
Like a television quiz show, local government elections have a whole lot of razzmatazz and there's plenty of money to be made for the winners. But first contestants have to get the answers right. So we ask, for a sizeable salary and a comfy office, who wants to be a councillor?
Newcastle municipality in KwaZulu-Natal has cooked up a plan to reduce energy demand, encourage the prompt payment of municipal accounts and earn financial returns from carbon credits.
A municipality in the Western Cape has partnered with business and a community to provide its most vulnerable citizens with a headstart in life.
The Constitution provides our citizens with a far-sighted 'environmental right' but it fails to clarify for local government, just what its role should be in ensuring that this right is fulfilled.
After the elections, new leadership in our major cities will have to take on the responsibility for transport in a much bigger way-but will they have the resources to do it?
Nestled between stadium, sea and mountain, a new public park is an inspiring space for leisure and learning.
Closing down opportunities for corruption coupled with aggressive monitoring and investigation from whithin public sector organisations is the most effective way to tackle corruption, says GAVIN WOODS.
Despite running the city with scant resources and without any funding from central government, the mayor of Harare City Council is optimistic that Zimbabwe's 'sunshine city' is on the road to recovery. He took part in a panel discussion at a recent local government climate conference and afterwards spoke to SHARIVAN MOODLEY.