In order to improve accountability and to ensure that communities’ democratic rights go beyond a simple vote towards active political participation and engagement, efforts need to be made to capacitate and enable citizens to do so. In 2016-2018, Afesis-corplan, the Built Environment Support Group (BESG), the Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF) Southern Africa Office, Isandla Institute [...]
Afesis-corplan was in Peddie on June 27 where residents of Glenmore marched to the Ngqushwa local municipality to demand that municipal officials respond to a petition they handed over in April. The petition relates to the Glenmore community sports field which the municipality spent more than R2-million refurbishing. However the sports field remains in a [...]
The role and participation of citizens in municipal processes and local government planning are critical for civic engagement, influencing policy, decision-making and holding government accountable. This was a message delivered by Afesis-corplan's Executive Director, Nontando Ngamlana at the Buffalo City Metro (BCM) civic education dialogue held in East London on Friday May 22. Ngamlana said [...]
In the Daily Dispatch 25 April 2018 edition, our Executive Director, Nontando Ngamlana responded to the Daily Dispatch April 13 article titled “Ward system not working - poor education hampers service delivery in BCM”. Read her opinion piece here.
On the 16th May 2018, Afesis-corplan programme staff Masixole Kente, Lindokuhle Vellem and Sikhander Coopoo attended the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality’s 2018 Council Open Day. The purpose of the Council Open Day was for BCMM to present the outcomes of their IDP Roadshow that took place from 19 April – 14 May 2018 (this included [...]
The murkiness of today’s politics demands that citizens establish organs through which they will exercise power. Ward committees were conceptualized as organs for people’s power, but it has been proven beyond doubt that this mechanism failed to shift power in local governance in a manner that allows citizens to participate meaningfully in governance. Afesis-corplan argues [...]
In development work one often hears the phrase, “we have good plans but bad implementation”. Is the ‘good plans – bad implementation’ statement true? Where is the problem? Is it in our capacity to implement the plans, or is it that the plans are not actually implementable? To read the full Learning Brief, click here.
The Report of the High Level Panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation (HLPKL) and the Acceleration of Fundamental Change, published on 22 November 2017, recommends that: “Parliament should consider identifying and reviewing all legislation that includes a public participation component,... so that where provision is made for the public to be consulted, this consultation [...]
by Masixole Kente The construction of 947 houses for the Scenery Park Phase 3 beneficiaries in East London finally started in June 2017. These households have been waiting for their approved houses for more than 20 years. Afesis-corplan partnered with the community in 2014 and built the capacity of the community to better engage with [...]
by Lindokuhle Vellem On the 18th of July, which is the international commemorative day for Nelson Mandela's Birthday, the Afesis-corplan team travelled to Glenmore community in the Ngqushwa Municipality of the Eastern Cape. It was a fun day filled with singing and laughter, cleaning and painting. To end the day a huge Mandela cake was shared [...]