Governance and democracy

Who Makes the First Move?

Chapter 4 of the Municipal Systems Act (Act 32 of 2000) is clear about the importance of community participation in government processes and projects which impact on local development. Complementing this is the discernible shift by civil society to insist on being consulted before projects are implemented in communities. This insistence is strongly supported by recent court cases in favour of community consultation and participation.

A Citizens' Guide to Monitoring Government Expenditures

A Citizens' Guide to Monitoring Government Expenditures is a guide that reflects the growing focus of civil society organisations on monitoring the results achieved by government expenditures. The guide offers an overview of government budget implementation, including budget execution, procurement, impact measurement, and auditing and legislative oversight processes. It also provides practical, tested tools that can be used by independent organizations interested in monitoring government expenditures.

Dear Mr/Mrs President of any Country with Nuclear Armaments

We have placed you at the head of our country. Of course, we have done this upon what appeared to us to be sufficient reasons, and yet we think it best for you to know that there are some things in regard to which we are not quite satisfied with.

We believe you to be a brave and skillful leader, which, of course, we like. We also believe you do not mix personal preferences with politics, in which you are right. You have confidence in yourself, which is a valuable, if not an indispensable quality.

Taking a Closer Look at Global Warming

Most of us have heard of global warming. Hardly a day goes by without something in the newspaper or on TV to convince us that we are on the brink of a disaster of our own making. The ice caps are rapidly melting, thousands of species are facing extinction, and regular floods, droughts and hurricanes prove that weather patterns all over the world are changing. Given the steady stream of reports and the sheer scale of the problem, it is hard not to want to do something about it at a personal level. The problem is that the "solutions" seem so trivial.

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