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This is why local government elections are so important

By Kenneth MokgatlheFirst published on EWN As we approach the local government elections, many people are not really worried about who will collect their garbage or which municipality will achieve unqualified audits. Poorer communities are concerned about their dry taps, skyrocketing levels of unemployment, hungry children, and ever-growing corruption without any consequence management in place. Read more >

Party Manifestos: An Analysis of Anti-Corruption Commitments

By Aneesa Valodia  With local government elections looming on 1 November, political party campaigns are in full swing and official party manifestos are everywhere to be seen. This year 325 parties will contest the election, and their manifestos offer a glimpse of what to expect, empowering voters to make informed choices.   Some parties have Read more >

CW’s pocket guide to understanding local government

Local government elections are set to take place on 1 November 2021. These happen every five years, and it is important that citizens cast their vote to ensure they get the best representatives. However, it is equally important that all citizens have a good understanding of the structures and functions of local government, and to Read more >

Local government elections must go ahead in 2021, says ConCourt

On Friday 3 September the Constitutional Court dismissed the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) application to postpone this year’s local government elections, scheduled for 27 October, to February 2022. The IEC had applied for the postponement, based on the recommendation of former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke, who on 20 July released a report on the Read more >

Online registrations open, but elections may be postponed

UPDATE, 20 July 2021: Former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke has advised the Independent Electoral Commission to postpone the upcoming local government elections, scheduled for 27 October this year. Moseneke has recommended that February 2022 be the new target, as only by then would 40% of the population be vaccinated and a herd immunity state Read more >

Why effective local government is important beyond 2021

By Stuart MbanyeleSource: Good Governance Africa Corruption, political instability, unskilled or unqualified appointees, mismanagement – there are some of the factors underscoring the continued poor performance of municipalities across the country. But local government elections place the power to change this lamentable situation in the hands of the people, giving them the chance to elect Read more >

IEC launches 2021 local govt elections campaign, aims to attract youth voters

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) today launched its mobilisation campaign for the upcoming 2021 local government elections, scheduled for 27 October under the theme Every Voice Together. The event was attended by a virtual audience which included diplomats, members of Parliament, and members of election management bodies across the SADC region. Dr Nomsa Masuku introduced Read more >