oa Alternation - Development, clubs and committees: local versions of development discourse in the Msinga District of Northern KwaZulu-Natal

Volume 7, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Development has been defined by both social scientists and developers in a way that seeks to incorporate and centralise the ideas of people it is meant to benefit. It has invariably been redefined as something that must be a 'people driven process' and involve a 'maximisation of people's options' in social life. Attempts have been made to emphasise the participatory nature of development, that it should involve all the people it caters for. In this paper I will examine the understanding of development by the people of Msinga and their leaders. I will discuss what development means for Msinga people and their leaders, what they believe the structures that facilitate development for them are, and where those structures are located in relation to structures of leadership. I will also look at the process of taking initiative in the name of development and to what extent that initiative is top-down or bottom-up.

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