n Local Government Bulletin - Reflections on local government : creating a more viable and relevant vision for local government

Volume 10, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1561-901X



This article was prepared by David Schmidt for the Good Governance Learning Network (GGLN) to stimulate debate and discussion in the GGLN as part of their process of preparing submissions for the DPLG's review of local government. However, the views expressed are his personal views and do not necessarily reflect those of the GGLN or its members. The article focuses on three key areas of reform:

  1. the need to rethink the current legislative and regulatory requirements regarding participation (and representation);
  2. the need to simplify and 'unbureaucratise' the specified municipal planning processes; and
  3. the need for an updated, more dynamic, vision for local government that recognises the need for a much more differentiated approach to different kinds of localities.

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