oa Journal for New Generation Sciences - Sustainable governance : the solution to the South African local government service delivery problems?

Volume 15 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1684-4998



In this article, sustainable governance is proposed as a potential solution to address local government service delivery problems. The service delivery problems emanate from the dissatisfaction with these services or the lack thereof and undermine the principles of democracy as well as economic growth, while leading to deteriorating, financially healthy local governments. By ensuring a balance between economic efficiency and social equity, economic growth and environmental protection, economic well-being and other human concerns, governance can be influenced to deliver responsive, professional, accountable and innovative public services, thereby guaranteeing sustainability per se. Particular prerequisites are, however, highlighted to address the latter to prevent service delivery problems.

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