INDEPENDENT. IMPARTIAL.

INDEPENDENT. IMPARTIAL.

On 1st November this year, South Africa will once again hold its municipal government elections that occur every five years to elect local councillors for the 257 municipalities distributed across the country. Elections will therefore be held for the district, local and Metropolitan councils across the country, although the country’s eight Metropolitan Councils are only found in some provinces (Gauteng, Western Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, and Eastern Cape). Municipalities serve an important political function of promoting local democratic participation,
Local economic development and better municipal service delivery are vital if South Africa wants to broaden economic participation and reverse its unemployment trend. To achieve these objectives, it is necessary to strengthen municipal finances and investment. Good municipal governance is a prerequisite. Intermediate city municipalities have an important role to play, because urban development is critical for growth and investment. It may also reduce the pressure caused by urbanisation to metros. Municipalities should: provide democratic and accountable governance for local communities ensure the provision
Youth that spoke to the SABC about what they think about upcoming elections SABC News Activate Change Drivers Thamsanqa Masingi says we need to look at the low youth voter turnout when it comes to election season. He says the real issue is that the youth is disillusioned. This as an argument has been made that the challenges facing South African youth have caused voter apathy among this demographic. Little to no employment opportunities and lack of access to skills development are the contributing
Steven Friedman is Professor of Political Studies at the University of Johannesburg. SABC News The Democratic Alliance has been accused of inflaming racial tensions in Phoenix. Local residents belonging to a protection group stand watch in July 2021 at the height of the violence. Is “liberal” in South Africa another way of saying “right-wing”? Liberalism’s apparent representative in the country’s party politics is the official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA). Its current leadership does not flaunt its liberalism, and most of its voters are
Chinese flag flies in front of the Great Wall of China, located north of Beijing SABC News When powerful regimes wish to sidestep the tag of being labelled practitioners of unilateralism in a globalised world, they are often quick to put together disguised forms of the same concept, using a different title. In geopolitical literature, there are many examples of the much-maligned unilateralism that invariably gets camouflaged as something else. The one example that easily comes to mind is the 2003 invasion of Iraq