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Local Government

By | March 2012
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CONTENTS PAGE

1) COVER PAGE

2) CONTENTS PAGE

3) INTRODUCTION

4) LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN PRESENT DAY SOUTH AFRICA

5) CONCLUSION

5) BIBLIOGRAPHY

Critically analyse the role of local government within the context of public sector governance in South Africa

1) Introduction

Since the fall of the old regime, structures have been put in place to combat those cracks that have been showing in the administration side of our country. Some of these structures have taken the form of local government. The primary responsibility of local governments in South Africa today is to provide access to crucial public services. Local government plays an important role in society with regards to democracy as it promotes important values that nurture democracy. Not only does these values affect democracy but also affects people as individuals and through these individuals comes our local government in society. Through local government it can be seen as a voice for the people as this is another way of how people can voice their opinions as most of the time local government is considered to be the go between or middle man for society and provincial government. To analyze the role of local government I will be using the history of local government, local government in present day South Africa, local government system, governance and functions and approaches of local government as evidence.

2) History of Local Government

In order to comprehend the significance of local government in South Africa today, it is practical to begin with probing it during the apartheid era as loads of the most volatile protests against the government had their roots over local issues, such as lack of services. The cause for this is because many of the most unfair aspects of the system were most visible. On the one hand, whites sought after to take advantage of the political inequality of blacks to subsidize white living standards by means of blacks as a basis of...
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