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Further from the people – bipartisan ‘nationalisation’ thwarting the electoral system
(SUN Press, 2012)
This chapter argues that local government elections offer a unique opportunity in South Africa’s political system for voters to practice forms of democracy that are more local, plural and accountable in character than at ...
Mediation and the contradictions of representing the urban poor in South Africa: The case of SANCO leaders in Imizamo Yethu in Cape Town, South Africa.
(Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2014)
The formal system of local governance in South Africa has the ‘ward’ as its lowest and smallest electoral level — a spatial unit consisting of between 5,000 and 15,000 voters. The ward is equivalent to the ‘constituency’ ...
Introduction: The Crucial Role of Mediators in Relations between States and Citizens
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
This book sets out to answer a deceptively simple question: how do citizens and state engage in the global south? The answer is not simple; it is indeed complex and multifaceted, but we argue that much of the time this ...
The Inkatha Freedom Party: Between the Impossible and the Ineffective.
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)
From the perspective of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), the 2004 election was remarkable in two ways. First, the IFP fared worse than ever. Formed by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi in 1975, the party is rooted in rural Zulu ...
The tale of two publics: Media, political representation and citizenship in Hout Bay,
(HSRC Press, 2017)
This chapter makes the case that access to the spaces of public debate in post-apartheid South Africa is about the challenge of political representation as much as it is about the challenge of access to communication ...
Tenderpreneur (also tenderpreneurship and tenderpreneurism)
(UCL Press, 2018)
‘Tenderpreneur’ is a South African colloquialism for a businessperson who uses political contacts to secure government procurement contracts (called ‘tenders’) often as part of reciprocal exchange of favours or benefits. ...
Informality disallowed: State restrictions on informal traders and micro-enterprises in Browns farm, Cape Town, South Africa
(Pan-African University Press, 2019)
This chapter examines the impact of regulations and law enforcement on the economic activities of informal traders and micro-entrepreneurs in marginalised communities on the urban periphery. Our case site is Browns Farm, ...
Faith-based organisations, local governance and citizenship in South Africa
(University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2009)
Small parties and independents – from also-rans to kingmakers
(SUN Press, 2012)
Small parties and independents play an important role in South Africa’s democracy. It is on the level of the local that these small parties and independents have some chance to make indents in terms of winning a few wards ...
Popular mobilisation, party dominance and participatory governance in South Africa
(Zed Books, 2010)
This chapter seeks to explore the character of popular mobilization in South Africa, mostly at the local level. This is done through exploring the interaction of two independent processes. The first concerns the ...