oa Alternation - The clash between traditional and modern systems of governance in the Durban metropolis - a tale of two administrative civilizations

Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



The post- apartheid constitution of South Africa created a three-sphere system of government in which local government is an equally ranked sphere as the national and provincial ones. The idea of an autonomous local government with full administrative and financial management capacities finds its origin in the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) of 1994. It is in the RDP that the high-priority political objective of empowerment of individuals, communities and institutions was enshrined. These political objectives and principles shaped the Constitution in such a way as to promote civil society's involvement in political decision-making. Accordingly, it was thought that the sphere of local government was best placed for such an initiative.

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