Spark - October 2011 Issue 1
South Africa has a long history of community activism and strong civic and ratepayer organisations. During the struggle for democracy, these organisations and the selfless individuals who stood up for what they believed was right were the driving force for democracy and development.
Our system of government today is based d on a developmental state and a vision of a strong partnership between government, civil society organisation and communities. Local government, especially, encourages public participation, with the community and stakeholders expected to give their input in all decisions that affect them.