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[NEW PUBLICATION] Planact contributes to the State of Local Governance Publication

Planact has contributed to this year’s State of Local Governance Publication themed “Navigating Accountability and Collaboration in local governance: Perspectives From Civil Society On Local Governance In South Africa.”

As a long standing member of the Good Governance Learning Network (GGLN), a network of non-profit organisations that aims to share knowledge on the promotion of participatory, effective, accountable and democratic local governance; Planact’s contribution, written by Nomcebo Dlamini is entitled, “The Role of Collaboration in Social Accountability Mechanisms: A Case Study of a Social Audit in Emalahleni Local Municipality.”

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Thembelihle and Orange Farm Submissions to City of Joburg

Orange Farm and Thembelihle community members made their priority service delivery submissions to the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) draft 2017/2018 budget on the 25th of April 2017.

Over the last months, both communities, located in Region G, requested support from Planact to engage the municipality more deeply on specific service delivery challenges. They, then, went above and beyond by conducting their own analysis of the CoJ budget and invested heavily in putting together detailed submissions that engage with the information in the budget and drew on their own experiences and priorities in their community.

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PLANACT Series on Mining and Governance [1 of 4]

Myths of Corporate Social Responsibility and Lived Realities in South Africa

Testing Exarro’s Social and Labour Plan in Mafube, Mpumalanga

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From Violent Protests to Engagements – Siqalile Leandra

This case study covers the experiences of Leandra community during process of formulating an Urban Development Framework (participatory planning) which commenced in 2010 to 2014 guided by Planact’s Urban Planners. It discusses the different stages that were undertaken and reveals the opportunities identified by the community during the process.

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A Guide to Local Government Budget Advocacy

04 April 2017 – Local government in South Africa is responsible for the delivery of a number of important basic services including water, sanitation, electricity, and solid waste management.

This guide addresses the increasing need to understand and engage with local government budgets.

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Survey Report on Basic Services in the Inner City

This study is based on the premise that exclusion and marginalisation of the poor in service delivery seems to be a continual struggle for the poor in developing countries including post-apartheid South Africa.

A partnership with the Inner City Resource Centre (ICRC) was established in order to promote collaboration in implementing programmes in the inner city, in particular, ‘bad buildings’ in Johannesburg.

Planact’s offices are located in close proximity to the inner city, thus it was also rational to include it in development programmes and demonstrate commitment in contributing to the development of low-income communities.

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[PUBLICATION] Planact contributes to the 2016 State of Local Governance Publication

Under the theme, (Re) Claiming Local Democratic Space, Planact‘s Programmes team contributed an In Profile titled, THE INTERSECTION OF PARTICIPATORY GOVERNANCE AND SOCIAL LABOUR PLANS IN COMMUNITIES WITHIN MINING TOWNS: THE EXPERIENCES OF SIKHULULIWE VILLAGE IN MPUMALANGA

In this case study, Planact highlights its extended Participatory Governance Programme to small mining towns in Mpumalanga Province where, despite the economic importance of the mining industry, communities in mining towns struggle to make their voices heard in decision-making processes, particularly so in the case of Sikhululiwe Village. (Rafiqua Mosaval, Mike Makwela and Hloniphile Simelane, Planact)

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Spring Valley Social Audit Report: Water Service Provision by trucks (May 2016)

Recently, Planact conducted a social audit (5 February – 19 March 2016) on the provision of water by trucks in Spring Valley Informal Settlement in eMalahleni. The report presents the main findings of the social audit and recommendations from Planact.

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A case of study of Spring Valley Informal Settlement in the eMalahleni Local Municipality (2013 – 2016)

This booklet outlines the challenges and successes of Planact’s Participatory Governance Programme in Promoting service delivery.

Click on the image below and download the booklet on participatory governance in the Spring Valley informal settlement.

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Land Management and Democratic Governance in the City of Johannesburg (2007-2008)

In February 2008, Planact together with CUBES (Wits Centre for Urban and Built Environment Studies) completed a major research study focusing on land management and democratic governance in the City of Johannesburg. The research documents can be accessed here: