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Municipal budgets and democracy

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By Reg Rumney

In the public interest?

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By Thapelo Tselapedi

Protecting the defenders of rights

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By Claire Martens

Cape Town’s toilet wars

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By Sekoetlane Jacob Phamodi

There is a big stink in Cape Town. Literally. For some years, now, the so-called ‘toilet wars’ have been a recurrent feature in the political battles waged in the Western Cape. The first of these was highlighted in 2010, when Khayelitsha residents took to the streets over undignified, uncovered toilet structures the City of Cape Town had erected along the N1 highway, supposedly to service their sanitation needs.

By-election results are in for Tlokwe, what do they reveal?

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By Mzoxolo Mpolase

Tlokwe local municipality, previously known as Potchefstroom local municipality, is a local municipality in the wider Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality in the North West Province. The local seat or capital equivalent of this municipality is Potchefstroom. Tlokwe local municipality has a total of 25 wards, and on 7 August, a by-election was held in ward 64002009, or ward 9.

The results were as follows:

Busker by-law? There is no busker by-law

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By TO Molefe

This started out as an admonishment of Cape Town residents for our tardy outrage and showboat sense of civic responsibility. We turned up in huge numbers, I was going to say, when city law-enforcement officers publicly assaulted and arrested Lunga Gooodman Nono, but where were we when the laws and regulations he supposedly fell foul of were made? Public participation in law-making, after all, forms one of the key pillars of our constitutional democracy. It’s on us if unjust laws make it into the statute books.

The struggle for land and housing in Klerksdorp

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By Thapelo Tselapedi