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Planact successfully collaborates with Ekurhuleni on social audit

Planact, with the support of the International Budget Partnership (IBP), recently successfully collaborated with the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality to conduct a social audit on sanitation across three informal settlements, namely, Harry Gwala, Emlotheni and Home Seekers.

In the South African context, this is possibly the first collaborative social audit ever conducted. Planact has further written an article discussing how collaborative social audits can improve the performance of municipalities in South Africa. The article draws on the case study of the social audit, demonstrating the benefits and challenges of the social audit mechanism. It concludes that collaborative social audits matter, are important in improving the performance of municipalities and have significant policy implications.

Planact’s Mike Makwela (Senior Programme Coordinator) can be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on the project.

A copy of the article can be downloaded below.

Written by: Hloniphile Simelane


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