n Journal of Public Administration - Making community-based participation work : alternative route to civil engagement in the City of Cape Town

Volume 46, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



The view that public participation is a crucial component of efforts to enable the world's poor to exert greater influence over the decisions and institutions that affect their lives is well established in the literature. Local government in South Africa requires municipal councils such as that of the City of Cape Town to develop a culture of participatory governance. Such participation is needed not only to ensure efficiency and sustainability, but also to accelerate broader provision of services such as alleviation of poverty, and provision of basic services and infrastructure by enhancing the community's understanding of public service processes and practice.

According to Shaidi (2007:46) public participation and consultation in South Africa is a legislative imperative as well as a core value of democracy. The , 1996 mandates local government to ensure the provision of services to communities in a sustainable manner and to encourage the involvement of communities and community organisations in matters of local government (RSA, 1996). In addition to requiring local government to consult communities on key issues, municipalities are also encouraged to establish ward committees.

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