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Public participation as a tool to Enhance Service Delivery in Local Government : A case study of Capricorn District Municipality in the Limpopo Province

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dc.contributor.advisor Thakhathi, R.
dc.contributor.advisor Vermaak, N. J.
dc.contributor.author Mudzanani, Lufuno Robert
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-08T18:29:32Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-08T18:29:32Z
dc.date.issued 2017-05-18
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11602/680
dc.description PhD (Public Adminiistration)
dc.description Department of Public and Development Administration
dc.description.abstract This study examines the notion of public participation as a tool to enhance service delivery in the Capricorn District Municipality. Public participation is a milestone of democracy and local governance. Local government – which is closest to the people – provides an ideal forum for the flourishing of participatory democracy. The centrality of public participation in the development of policies and programmes or action plans has been widely recognised by both government and the private sector. However, involving the public in the development of any policy, programme or action plan is a daunting task. Indeed, if not well-managed, public involvement often leads to protests, litigation, criticisms, and delays in service delivery to the people. Thus, the extent to which public participation can be a tool for the enhancement of service delivery in Limpopo – especially in the Capricorn District Municipality – is the focus of this study. This study is guided by the following questions: What are the key concepts that relate to public participation as a tool to enhance service delivery? What impact does the Constitution of South Africa, Act 08 of 1996, and other government legal frameworks have on public participation as a tool to enhance service delivery in South Africa, particularly in the Capricorn District Municipality? What modes and models of public participation are used to enhance service delivery in the Capricorn District Municipality? What are the main factors that influence public participation as a tool to enhance service delivery in the Capricorn District Municipality? The study adopts both qualitative and quantitative research approaches whereby the use of primary and secondary sources was augmented by interviews with local government actors. Moreover, questionnaires were administered by the researcher and his assistant researchers. A purposive sampling method was used. The researcher ensured that all relevant elements of 5 research ethics were observed. The data generated by the questionnaires and interviews were analysed and interpreted using the latest statistical tools. Both qualitative and quantitative analysis methods were used. Data collected using questionnaires were analysed by means of the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). The information was presented in the form of tabulations, frequencies, and percentages. Data collected through interviews were analysed using thematic analysis. The findings of this study reflect that public participation mainly serves the purpose of meeting the statutory requirements for the development of best value initiatives and gaining information from citizens. The majority of the respondents were of the view that the Ward Committee system is fully functional in their municipalities. All Capricorn District municipalities have officers responsible for public participation; however, not all of them are accessible to the public. It was revealed that the public participation budget in Lepelle-Nkumpi and Mollemole is insufficient. The other main constrains identified are the serious lack of personal and working tools and resources. The study also found that not all documents were translated into the languages spoken in the Capricorn District and that there is a lack of feedback mechanisms on the issues raised by members of public during the IDP and Budget Fora.These findings were discussed in relation to the study’s objectives and research questions. en_US
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xv, 288 leaves : color illustrations)
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Public participation en_US
dc.subject Service Delivery en_US
dc.subject Local Government en_US
dc.subject Municipality en_US
dc.subject IDP en_US
dc.subject SPSS en_US
dc.subject Statistical Package for Social Scuiences en_US
dc.subject.ddc 352.190968256
dc.subject.lcsh Local government -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Municipal government -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Participatory rural appraisal -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Social participation -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Service industries -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Community power -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.title Public participation as a tool to Enhance Service Delivery in Local Government : A case study of Capricorn District Municipality in the Limpopo Province en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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