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Title: Community participation in Mahikeng Local Municipality : power relations perspective.
Authors: Masuku, Mandla Mfundo.
School of Development Studies
Keywords: Community participation.;Democracy and development planning.;Local governance.;Power relations.
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: SAGE
Abstract: In South Africa, community members have the constitutional right to partake in local governance and the local municipal council has the constitutional mandate to facilitate community participation. Qualitative research was used to assess the impact of power relations on community participation in the Mahikeng Local Municipality. The study findings indicate that power differentials contributed to the abandonment of the legislative provisions in the Mahikeng Local Municipality in the North-West Province of South Africa. Among other things, this paper recommends finalisation of the draft public participation framework. The framework should clearly identify and define the roles of the community, elected councillors and traditional authorities. The paper recommends the development of a strategy that includes clear and comprehensive public participation guidelines, protocols and processes to facilitate implementation of the framework. In consultation with the community, a detailed community participation schedule must be developed, implemented and continuously monitored and evaluated.
DOI: 10.1177/0021909619882705
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