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NEWS->THE SECOND DECADE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT DEMOCRACY IN SOUTH AFRICA: TOWARDS ACCELERATED SERVICE DELIVERY

The end of 2005 will mark ten years of local democracy in South Africa since 1993, a plethora of legislation has been introduced that has facilitated the local government restructuring and transformation process and had a marked impact politically, institutionally, economically and socially on the development of the 284 new, non-racial and democratic local authorities. The emphasis of the restructuring and transformation process is on the two biggest challenges namely service delivery and poverty alleviation.

The obstacles to efficient and effective service delivery include, inter alioa, limited capacity and resources which have to be addressed urgently. The resultant effect of the poor skills base meant that some municipalities are unable to implement new strategies of delivery and cost recovery.

The Democracy Development Program in collaboration with the School of Public Administration and Development Management of the University of KwaZulu - Natal had hosted a two and half day seminar on 5 – 7 October 2005 to review the above mentioned issues. The thematic issues of the seminar were:

- Basic Services and the Equitable Share in Local Government,
- NGO and Community Involvement,
- Intergovernmental Relations,
- Provincial/Local Planning,
- Municipal Infrastructural grants Management and Development,
- Performance Management,
- Municipal Service Partnerships,
- Strategic Issues in Housing/Water/Sanitary and Electricity Policy,
- Management and Development.

Full text of the papers presented at the conference can be downloaded from DDP Website at www.ddp.org.za

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