n Journal for Contemporary History - Public participation and ward committees : the case of the Tshwane Municipality




In most democratic countries of the world, the problem of involving ordinary citizens in public decision making taxes the minds of policy makers, planners and academic writers. South Africa is no exception in this regard. The purpose of this article is to focus on the South African local government ward committee structure which is intended to involve increasing numbers of the public in participating in decision-making processes at the local level. One large new South African local government, the Tshwane Municipality (referred to as the City of Tshwane (CoT)) and the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality (CTMM), including the City of Pretoria, located in the Gauteng province, is selected as a case study to ascertain the extent to which public participation has taken place over a period of approximately one year for which data is available. Suggestions are made as to what may be done to enhance public participation.


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