Volume 15, Issue 3, September 2020

2021 Local Elections, Governance and Stability
Author: Jennica Beukes
Published: 28 Sep 2020
During the run-up to the local government (LG) elections, it is not uncommon for turbulence to arise in municipalities because of the potential shifts that can occur in the composition of municipal councils. Uncertainties emanating from the elections that are yet to transpire also feeds back into the municipal administrations, making it fragile during election times. This report provides a summary of the proceedings of a webinar on LG elections and their impact on the municipal administration.
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African School on Decentralisation: The impact of COVID-19 on decentralisation in Africa
Author: Curtly Stevens
Published: 18 Sep 2020
The African School on Decentralisation (ASD) is a collaboration between the South African Research Chair in Multilevel Government, Law and Development located at the Dullah Omar Institute (DOI) of the University of the Western Cape and the Centre for Federalism and Governance Studies (CFGS) of Addis Ababa University. The two institutes were to hold the inaugural course of the ASD under the theme ‘Decentralisation and Development in Africa’ from 25 May to 5 June 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. Regrettably, the rapid spike in the spread of the coronavirus (otherwise known as COVID-19) across the continent witnessed from March 2020 necessitated the postponement of the ASD to 2021.
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Local government response to the economic impact of COVID-19
Author: Phumla Hlati & Michelle Rufaro Maziwisa
Published: 28 Sep 2020
The full impact of the nationwide lockdown under COVID-19 restrictions to the South African economy is yet to be fully understood. However, Statistics South Africa estimates that in the second quarter of 2020, the economy contracted by 51 percent. In anticipation of the socio-economic impact, national government announced a R500 billion stimulus package that included various support measures to Small and Medium Enterprises, the informal sector and to municipalities. But what has been the local government economic response to COVID-19?
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Stable coalition governments: It matters how the cake is cut
Author: Jennica Beukes
Published: 10 Sep 2020
Looming in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic is the 2021 Local Government (LG) elections that must take place within 90 days of the date of the expiry of the current term.
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The role of traditional leaders in combating COVID-19 in rural areas
Author: Xavia Poswa
Published: 13 Aug 2020
All organs of state have been required to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by putting in place measures targeted at containing the virus. In urban areas, it is municipalities that are at the forefront of implementing national, provincial and local measures to curb infections. In rural areas, however, municipalities are working with the institution of traditional leadership in tackling the spread of the virus. Cooperation is often times replaced by competition which creates tensions and conflicts between municipalities and traditional leaders. Obviously, these tensions have an adverse impact on the effectiveness of the response to COVID-19.
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Western Cape High Court sets a new benchmark for promoting spatial equity, access to land and housing
Author: Paul Mudau
Published: 28 Sep 2020
The Constitution does not make explicit reference to ‘spatial equity’. However, the spatial inequalities that are characterised by poor living conditions, continuous struggles for basic amenities, severe shortages of housing stock and an infrastructure backlog, can amount to indirect racial discrimination. Thus, spatial inequalities can clearly implicate the right to equality as stipulated by section 9(2) of the Constitution.
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