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Civic Protests and Local Government in South Africa Working Paper Series No. 2
Author: TC Chigwata, M O'Donovan and DM Powell*
Published: Feb 10, 2016

The Civic Protest Barometer (CPB) measures trends in protest action in South Africa's municipalities. The 2016 CPB is an update of the CPB published in 2014 (Working Paper Series No. 1), which covered the period 2007 to 2014. The current CPB (Working Paper Series No. 2) analyses data from January 2007 to July 2016 (inclusive).

Technical Note_Civic Protests Barometer_2016 (2).pdf
Author: Dullah Omar Institute
Published: Feb 02, 2016

This research study presents information on the frequency and the nature of civic (service delivery protests) throughout South Africa. The study as a whole draws on different methods for three periods. The first period dates from the inception of the study in 2007 until the end of 2011. A new method, currently still being used, was adopted for the period after 2011. Once gain the method was changed in 2016. The initial component derived protest records from the media reports of community protests contained in the Community Protest Monitor in the South African Local Government Briefings Report1 and Lexis Nexis online database. Data was collected monthly from 2007 until August 2012 and displayed in a series of barometers that analyze overarching trends and patterns in protest activity over the period. After 2011 the method changed to rely on on-line news aggregators and social media reports rather than Lexis-Nexis and the Local Government Briefings.

09122015 - The Capable Cities Index Performance
Author: DM Powell, M O’Donovan and TC Chigwata
Published: Dec 09, 2015

The Performance Index (PI) is the last of the three indices that collectively comprise the Capable Cities Index (CCI). The other two components, the Compliance (Coml) and Capacity (CI) Indices, were published earlier this year. The series will be concluded with the publication of an index that combines the three indices into composite index. This Capable Cities Index provides a means to compare the overall sustainability of municipalities in terms of how well they are managed.

State of evictions report in South Africa 2014
Author: Enoch MacDonnell Chilemba
Published: Dec 07, 2015

Numerous eviction incidents occurred in South Africa during 2014, as a result of which many people were left homeless despite the legal safeguards that should protect them. The courts also decided a number of eviction cases and applications in that year. This study examines these incidents and cases with a view to reviewing the state of eviction in South Africa in 2014 and drawing lessons and conclusions from it.

The Capable Cities Index: The capacity of cities
Author: DM Powell and M O’Donovan
Published: Oct 22, 2015

The Capable Cities Index (CCI) is a composite index that ranks the 27 largest cities in South Africa on the basis of their consistency in maintaining high levels of capacity, performance and compliance over the period 2010 to 2014. A capable city is one that maintains consistently high scores in all three components of capability.

Municipal Audit Consistency Barometer MAC-B3 (2015 update) 2009/10 to 2013/14: Audit consistency as a measure of resilience in local government
Author: DM Powell and M O’Donovan
Published: Sep 03, 2015

This is the third edition of the MAC-B Audit Consistency Barometer to be published. The first MAC-B was published before the national and provincial elections of May 2014. This iteration (referred to as MAC-B3) is an update to both that version and the update (MAC-B2) published last year. MAC-B2 represented a key milestone in local government development in that the period then reviewed coincided with the term of the national administration appointed after the 2009 national election. Until then the instrumental Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs was under the stewardship of Sicelo Shiceka. After the 2014 election a new administrative cycle under the stewardship of Pravin Gordhan as minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) began.

The Capable Cities Index: Compliance
Author: DM Powell, M O’Donovan and TC Chigwata
Published: Aug 19, 2015

The Compliance Index (ComI) is one of three indices that together comprise the Capable Cities Index (CCI). The Capacity Index was published in early 2015 and the Performance Index will be published in due course.

ESR Review, Volume 16 No. 1, 2015
Author: CLC Socio Economic Rights Project
Published: May 12, 2015

This is the first issue of the ESR Review in 2015. For the realisation of socio-economic rights, 2015 began on a high note with South Africa’s long-awaited ratification of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). This issue includes an article by Usang Maria Assim that summarises South Africa’s initial report to the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC), reviewing South Africa’s progress towards the realisation of children’s socio-economic rights. Gladys Mirugi-Mukundi examines the recent decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal in City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality vs Hlophe, which found that the fundamental constitutional value of accountability requires municipal officials to see to it that municipalities under their control obey court orders.

Technical Note Civic Protests Barometer 2007-2014
Author: Karel
Published: Feb 19, 2015

This research study presents information on the frequency and the nature of service delivery protests throughout South Africa. The study as a whole draws on different methods for two periods. The first period dates from the inception of the study in 2007 until the end of 2011. During this phase the barometer was know and the Municipal Service Delivery Protest Barometer.

Article 40, Volume 16, Number 1
Author: UWC CLC Children's Rights Project
Published: Aug 25, 2014

Welcome to another insightful edition of Article 40, the first edition in 2014.