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Study on public participation in local government in KwaZulu-Natal

The Centre for Public Participation (CPP) recently completed a research project that brought together the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Politics Department to address public participation in a sample of three district municipalities and one metropolitan municipality in KwaZulu-Natal (Umgungundlovu, Ilembe, Sisonke and eThekwini).

Broadly, the project looked at a review and analysis of the policy and legislative framework for public participation, an assessment of existing attitudes, perceptions, approaches, systems and structures, programmes and resources for public participation, and any emerging best practice models. Driven largely by the HSRC, it also engaged in a participatory process looking into community attitudes and expectations of public participation and how communities would like their municipalities to engage with them, what formats would be most accessible and empowering and what support and resources they would require.

The preliminary report was presented to a South African Local Government Association (SALGA) committee on public participation, a process that elicited a number of useful comments that were taken into account when compiling the final report.

An electronic copy of the report can be downloaded here.

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