Koketso's blog

Makana Municipality makes small strides in the right direction

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By Thabani Mdlongwa

Makana municipality has started 2014 on an encouraging note and is making little strides to clean up its tarnished image and get down to the real business of providing quality service delivery for the citizens of Grahamstown.

SAHRC: Water, sanitation services in crisis

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By Kerry Cullinan

Despite flattering statistics presented by government about community access to water and sanitation, many communities experience “a starkly different reality.”

How the state delivered PR instead of services to Madibeng

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By Koketso Moeti

Public outrage followed after protestors died in January while demonstrating against problems with water service delivery in Madibeng. Until then the state’s actions in Madibeng produced PR, but failed to lead to any meaningful engagement with those directly affected by the failures of the municipality.

Poor living conditions leave toddler aching

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by Tshilidzi Tuwani 

One Hammanskraal family’s poor living conditions could be exacerbating their son’s chronic skin condition as they continue to wait for government housing.

Social Audits: Understanding the Process

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By Martha Sithole

A social audit is one of the many ways ordinary people can participate in local development. It is a technique to measure, verify, understand, report and ultimately improve the government’s performance. A social audit helps to bring a vision or goal closer to reality. Consequently, it enhances local governance, strengthening accountability and transparency in local bodies.

Much protesting about water: Contestations about water fomenting uprisings?

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By Barbara Tapela with Rebecca Pointer

Facts and figures

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By Reg Rumney