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Research outputs: LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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2020 Is political violence in local government a threat to South Africa's democracy?

South Africa is experiencing a rise in local government-related political violence directed at municipal councillors and officials. Threats,...

2020 A realist assessment of the facilitation process for improving social accountability by community based organizations

The poor performance by local government institutions in service delivery has contributed to the proliferation of community-based organisati...

2019 Municipal boundaries demarcations and ward delimitations: impact on service delivery

Ward delimitation is a call that demands interrogation. Issues of ward delimitation and their impact on service delivery are critical. While...

2019 A review of spaces of local participation to promote service delivery in South Africa

In many developing countries, there is a continued decline in public participation at the local level which often results in poor service de...